Last month I attended the Generations of Hope event Images of Hope. I attended last year as well, and it is always such a great event. To be surrounded by people that understand what you have been through, who care about the troubles and trials you have suffered. Only in that room can you joke about the awkward moments when you have to inject yourself with a needle in your work bathroom. There were so many times sitting in that waiting room that I wanted to shout “can we all talk about this?” Being able to discuss these issues made them feel more manageable. That this mountain was something I was able to climb. It was wonderful.
One story that was shared was that of Taryn and Tyler. Earlier I shared Kevin and Amber’s story of infertility after cancer. Taryn was 14 when found out that she was born without a uterus. A tragic moment in anyone’s life, Taryn moved on and accepted that children might not happen for her, as much as she wanted it to. Taryn and Tyler are now the parents to a beautiful baby boy through the wonderful blessing of a friend offering to be a surrogate.
There are many different health complications that would cause infertility or the need for fertility treatments. Couples with birth defects, endometriosis, or Chron’s often need perscribed medical treatment in order to conceive.
Right now is a critical time in Alberta to help make public funding for IVF a priority. Having this happen would be a dream come true for so many people. Not only is it a moral issue as well as a health issue, it saves money. Over $97 million over 18 years could be saved by public funding of IVF. Its the right thing to do for Alberta, as well as for its people. If you agree, I would love it if you could write to your MLA and tell them so, or sign the petition at generations of hope.
I am proud to be a part of the Generations of Hope social media team, as I 100% support publicly funded In Vitro Fertilization in Alberta. Feel free to follow the conversation by following @gensofhope or searching #ABHC4IVF #abpoli on Twitter or Facebook.