NIAW- Family & Friends Night At RMACT Collected 300 Letters
Once a year we have the honor of hosting a Family & Friends Advocacy Night during National Infertility Awareness Week. It's a very special evening for us and our patients, a time during which we come together and are energized by one another, all in support of those that infertility affects. We meet new people, spend time with past patients hearing about their babies and children and bolster our patients who are still in treatment and hoping with all their hearts to attend this event next year showing off photos of their babies. It's also an evening when we are reminded of the need for improved access to healthcare...especially as it relates to affordable fertility treatment for all those who wish to build their families.
We want 3,000 letters delivered to our legislators
Last night, letters were hand delivered in piles and even more letters were signed. Our goal this year is to deliver 3,000 letters to legislators. We're so happy to share that the response to date has been nothing short of amazing. Staff, patients, families and friends are joining the movement to show support of those struggling with infertility. Those that joined us last night represent so many more who were not present, and absence often driven by the feelings of discomfort and shame that infertility causes. Spencer Richlin, MD (Surgical Director of RMACT) articulated it perfectly. "We will take these letters and put them on the desks of our legislators in Washington, DC. We'll look them in the eye and tell them that affordable family building matters for everyone," he explained. And Dr. Richlin doesn't just talk the talk. In fact on May 18, he (and Patient Advocates Lisa Rosenthal and Carrie Van Steen) will personally hand deliver each of the letters that we collect.
It's especially impactful that this year's theme of National Infertility Awareness Week is #ListenUp. We want to be heard. At last night's event, participants created signs with things that they wanted heard - which we now share with you.
#ListenUP to what Family & Friends have to say about infertility
- Infertility is a disease. And it can be successfully treated.
- We need affordable fertility treatment.
- Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples.
- Repeatedly miscarrying is a form of infertility that affects 1 in 4 women.
- Infertility affects men just as frequently as it affects women.
- I'm trying, believe me, I'm trying!
- I'm an IVF Mom
- PCOS sucks!
- Do not tell me to relax. Or to take a vacation.
- It has changed my life forever.
- I never chose to have to have fertility treatment. For me, it was the only way to have a baby.
We need your help to reach our goal.
For all the letters we've received so far, we send a heartfelt thank you. But there's more to be done – and we need your help. We will continue to collect letters from now until May 10, so if you believe in affordable access to care for those who experience infertility, there's no time like now to take action. Visit this link, and download 3 letters (two senator letters -Blumenthaland Murphy - and one for your Congressional representative). Please mail them (to the attention of Lisa Rosenthal) or drop them off at any of RMACT's four offices, in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford or Trumbull.
Join us as we help all people who want to build their families. Sign letters. We're counting on you.
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.