Tuesday, April 3, 2012

HAWMC

Can you believe April is here?  I'd be lying if I said I'm certain 2012 has arrived, let alone April 2012.  I saw someone the other day wearing a fantastic shirt that I would've worn in the early 90s, so you can understand my confusion at times.  But alas, in April 2012 we are!  I've got some acid wash jeans somewhere...do you think I can pull them off?

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Lots of things are happening in April, which will seriously jump start my blog-writing efforts into overdrive.  Over at WEGO (all things health activist), they are celebrating Health Activist Writers Month with a Challenge (hence, HAWMC) and some really great prompts for health bloggers to write about every day in April.

You've seen my past entries.  You know I don't write every day.

I've already missed the first two days.

Wish me luck.

That being said, I love infertility.  Well not infertility, infertility, but writing, gaining more knowledge, and sharing all about infertility.  And, being that it's a major health crisis with numbers rising, I know it's a fantastic thing to write about for those suffering and to get more awareness out there for everyone.

Speaking of awareness, April is also all about National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) over at RESOLVE.  The theme for this year "Don't Ignore Infertility."  With 30 posts in 30 days (thank you, WEGO), I think I'll pretty much be the poster-blogger for NIAW's theme this year.  No ignoring going on over here!

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Without further ado, I'm going to attempt to write two posts today and two posts tomorrow to catch up on HAWMC.  The topic for April 1st is  "Health Time Capsule." 

Did you ever put together a time capsule?  I remember throwing some stuff in a kind of metal can in 2nd grade and burying it in the school yard.  I have no idea what I put in it, but I remember wondering what someone of the future would think of it.

What would people think of a health capsule focused on infertility?  I'd probably chronicle the various transitions of fertility via illustrative objects.  Like this:

1) Age 16: A negative pregnancy test with a gigantic smile on it
2) Age 21: Photo of a frat party (lots of alcohol included, of course) with a bold caption that reads, "Family?  Babies?  Puh-leez!"
3) Age 27: A wedding invitation and photos (lots of alcohol included).  An .mp3 of the bride and groom saying, "Stop asking us when the babies are coming!"
4) Age 29: An empty birth control pill packet
5) Age 32: A negative pregnancy test with a gigantic sad face on it
6) Age 33: Pamphlets all about improving fertility.  Fertility charts...lots of fertility charts.
7) Age 34: Acupuncture needles
8) Age 35: IVF drug needles; Also a love note from a husband to his wife: "Hun, I'm sorry.  Please don't divorce me for not doing the dishes.  And you look great even with the IVF weight...uh -- I mean, what weight?  I don't know what you're talking about.  Love you." 
9) Age 38+: Photos of happy families with and without children. 
10) A copy of my dissertation about psychological growth post-infertility (because, clearly everyone wants to read that).

I imagine someone in the far off future will say, "Infertility?  What's that?" 

One can hope. :)

Be well,
~M


4 comments:

  1. ROFL at the iconic descriptions... Can definitely relate!

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    1. LOL...so glad you can relate! Well, kinda...not that I want people to be able to relate...but, you know what I mean. ;)

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  2. Your time capsule descriptions are funny and so sweetly sad at the same time. I wish you had the 10th item to put a happy end to the list! And although I'm far from being a psychologist, your dissertation does actually sound interesting. I'm looking forward to your sharing more about it here.

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    1. You're so right! I split up the last two! Silly me. LOL. Oh yay! Glad to have someone (besides me) actually interested in my dissertation...ha! :)

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