A Fertility Hero's Journey to the CT Legislature
What can one person do about their own reproductive health and family building chances?
How can any of us can be proactive about our reproductive health? None of us have chosen infertility. Nor is it a particular skill set to be able to become pregnant. RMACT's doctors will tell you- infertility is most often just plain bad luck. Just like most other diseases.
And while all of that is true- there is plenty you can do about your own reproductive health. Starting right now, there are lifestyle changes that you can make (not to say that they are easy to make!) that can positively influence your chances of building your family.
Infertility is a Life Changing Stressor- One That We Can Positively Affect
One challenge with infertility & fertility treatment is that it often makes us feel less than, damaged, even broken. Our bodies aren't doing what they were made to- it can be an pervasive attack on our sense of self. Then factor in that fertility treatment is a lot of work- testing, doctors visits, procedures and more. It's a lot!
How about a little inspiration of what one woman did when she was confronted with a potential deathly diagnosis? A personal account of cancer and family building that was successfully taken to the state level with a unanimous, bi partisan win.Melissa Thompson's journey from cancer, affording infertility treatment to family building. Special thanks to the support of Rep. Themis Klarides, State Representative Matt Ritter, and Rep. Matt Lesser. (Joshua Hurwitz, MD, from RMACT, shared his experience in Hartford- read!)
I hope Melissa's story will do for you what it did for me- elevate my thinking of what I was really capable of achieving, going beyond business as usual to reach new heights.
She is a true fertility hero.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.