Join Joanne in support of National Infertility Awareness Week
Help me support Fertility Within Reach!
As you may know, I am pretty passionate about helping others through the pain and struggle of infertility . Infertility has touched by life and I imagine many of you have encountered someone with this disease as it inflicts 1 in 6 couples. My empathy and desire to help others has lead me to participate as a Board of Director for the past year of a nonprofit organization, Fertility Within Reach. My passion is to help people gain access to the health care benefits needed to treat their condition. This is why I am involved with Fertility Within Reach, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that helps couples advocate for themselves and successfully negotiate with doctors, insurance companies, employers to get the support they need. This organization is doing amazing things for thousands of couples across the U.S. and we need your help.
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Example: I was diagnosed with PCOS in my late teens. PCOS is an endocrine disorder that can lead to infertility. When my doctor told me that “pregnancy may be difficult,” I had no idea at the time what that really meant. For me and others who have experienced the highs and the lows, uncertainty and constantly questioning your future, we hope that someday having the diagnosis of infertility will be a transparent, supported and loving process that you and your loved one with go through…
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“The English language lacks the words to mourn an absence. For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend, we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful some not. Still we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only “I’m sorry for your loss.” But for an absence, for someone who was never there at all, we are wordless to capture that particular emptiness. For those who deeply want children and are denied them, those missing babies hover like silent ephemeral shadows over their lives. Who can describe the feel of a tiny hand that is never held?”
About Fertility Within Reach
Guided by the needs of individuals and aligning with providers we endeavor to protect and further access to family building benefits. We believe that when armed with information and best-practice strategies, individuals are able to ensure their family-building needs are met and reproductive health is preserved.
Fertility Within Reach has a vision of a time when infertility is recognized nationwide as a standard medical condition which requires insurance coverage for diagnosis and treatment. We want to make this vision a reality.
Davina Fankhauser is Fertility Within Reach’s Chief Advocate and Founder. Davina is driven to teach others how to advocate for themselves in the hope that they will be spared the pain and heartache known to accompany infertility, especially when denied access to timely and appropriate treatment.
“I thought Kitty was the most tenacious advocate I had ever known, until I met Davina.”
-Governor Michael Dukakis