It’s been eight years since I first claimed victory on my personal war against infertility. Eight years. But I can still feel the heartache. Eight years and I can still remember the devastation of another failed cycle. Eight years and three children later, I still feel pangs of jealousy at pregnancy and baby announcements.
Eight years later, I can still remember where I found hope: RESOLVE’s Midwest Infertility and Adoption Family Building Summit.
I remember walking in the doors of the summit, not quite sure what to expect. Would it be full of depressed, sobbing infertiles like myself? Would it be overrun by the children of the volunteers? Would I be faced with pregnant bellies and crying infants?
I soon found my answer. The smiling, kind face of a volunteer greeted Mr. B and I as we walked in. There were no children, no pregnant bellies. Only kindness, understanding, and HOPE. No one accosted us and asked why we were there…but it was clear we could talk if we chose to do so. As a recent attendee said, “…it’s so helpful to know that you are not alone in this journey and there are other people out there just like you.”. There’s just something about being in a room with others who understand. For me, it was the first time I truly felt at home in my journey.
If you’ve been trying to conceive for 6 months or more, I highly encourage you to attend the summit. Not only will you find emotional help and support, but it’s also a one-stop shop! There are so many experts and resources available. In addition to the breakout sessions, you’ll find an exhibits with an abundance of resources…and sometimes even sperm pens! The sperm bank booth has always been my personal favorite – I have sperm pens, keychains, and even a pin! Who doesn’t want that kind of swag? But seriously – the vendors have amazing information and resources.
Oh…and did I forget to mention: the giveaways?? Adoption counseling, discounted surrogacy services, infertility coaching…and a FREE IVF cycle! Seriously…for the $45 registration fee, you have a chance at a $10,000+ prize? Amazeballs! I’ll be honest: this was why I attended my first summit. We didn’t win, but we found so much more…we found HOPE. We also found an option we hadn’t really considered, which ultimately led to the three children we have today completion of our family!
The summit only happens once a year, so if you’re interested, NOW is your chance!
RESOLVE’s Midwest Infertility and Adoption Family Building Summit
Saturday, November 18
Normandale Community College
Early bird pricing – ends November 4! $45/first registrant, $25/each additional guest(s)
After November 4: $75/first registrant, $35/each additional guest(s)
The fees are 100% refundable, so if you get knocked up between now and then, match with a potential birth family, or just change your mind, no worries! Take it from me, an IF veteran – REGISTER TODAY!!
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act. For more information on RESOLVE, the 2017 Infertility and Adoption Family Building Summit, and infertility support and advocacy, please visit www.resolve.org/MidwestSummit.