Inspired by the AFA and Resolve Holiday Appeals
It’s six in the morning, I’ve been up for a while, making some revisions on a writing project, when the AFA Holiday Appeal with the compelling “Tanya’s Dream” subject line chimed in, letting me know what a tremendous response they already received to Tanya’s heartbreaking story, which they shared in a previous maling. Now they were giving me an opportunity to follow the example of “so many others” who have already contributed.
Usually I just press delete but it’s six in the morning, the sun hasn’t risen, something about the darkness prompts me to bring a little light to this holiday message from the American Fertility Association.
Reading the appeal I can’t help wondering who else is donating to making Tanya’s Dream come through, and are those donations going to affect Tanya’s “education on infertility?” Who pays the bills of this “charity” that asks us to support them; that tells us they are the one trustworthy resource, our one-stop-shop for all our needs when we’re “battling the debilitating disease of infertility.” Since this is a not for profit organization, as tax payers we are entitled to know the answers to that question.
At this point I have met and personally worked with literally thousands of women and men challenged to re-think what it means to be fertile. And I have yet to meet anyone who was “battling a debilitating disease.”
Anyway, here is the Fertile Heart Holiday Appeal: Donate your voice, donate your courage to a deeper conversation about Tanya’s Dream and the American Fertility Association’s and for that matter Resolve’s unspoken mission to keep the wheels of the infertility machine as well oiled as possible. After all where woudl their board of directors get all those juicy referrals?
“The work (of repairing the world) is not yours to finish, but neither are you free to take no part in it,” is a famous adage of a medieval sage. How wonderful to know that we are needed. Raising the level of truth in the world of reproductive healthcare is the work we’ve been called to begin. Change doesn’t happen without someone speaking up. I say a reminder of what it is we come to do in this world, is a lovely way to enter the Holidays of Light.