SIOUX CITY, Iowa — They have a mission to build infertility awareness, shed stigma, and advocate for treatment access and Sunday, Conceive Nebraska kicked off a week of events for National Infertility Awareness Week.
Megan Gifford is the President of Conceive Nebraska and for her, this is more than just an awareness week. It's a time to bring a community together, to educate family and friends, work toward better healthcare coverage and let those fighting in silence, know that they are not alone.
"It gets that information out there to so many individuals and to show that we are not alone in this," Gifford said. "It means a lot to so many people to show that there is a community out there for you. That we are here to support you. That there is somebody that understands what you are going through and cares what you are going through."
Conceive Nebraska and their national partner organization Resolve, work year-round to bring awareness to infertility. They recently celebrated a milestone, when Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation recognizing infertility awareness. This comes ahead of a bigger advocacy day, on June 17th.
"Even if you are not going through the struggle with infertility, just knowing somebody with it and writing a letter to your representatives of knowing how important getting that support and getting that information out there," Gifford said. "Just having so many people out there to support us with that is just a benefit."
Siouxland News Reporter: "If someone takes away one thing from this, what do you hope that is?"
"That they are not alone," Gifford said, choking up, "That they are not alone. That there is a community out there to support them. That we are here. There are so many people out there that know what you are going through and here to support you."
If you would like to learn more about these organizations, check out the links below.