Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the speech

I am currently at the Night of Hope. And while I know some of you will physically be there, I also know that this entire community will be there in spirit.

I went back and forth about whether I would share my speech with everyone, and I ultimately decided to post it. Because if it weren't for all of you, I wouldn't even be in New York at this moment.

So, here it is. And I hope that, while you're reading this, I'm not stumbling too badly on stage.

I've always loved writing. I was the kid who wrote short stories for "fun." I majored in English. I even worked as a book editor. But never in a million years did I imagine that writing about my OVARIES – of all things – would lead me here.

There are so many people to thank for this opportunity:

  • RESOLVE for selecting me as a finalist.
  • The readers who voted for me.
  • My friends, both real life and virtual, who have stood by my side these last 3.5 years.
  • And, of course, my family; most importantly my husband, who managed not to file for divorce, despite all of the hot flashes and mood swings.

But while I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award, I want to emphasize that I am not unique. I am one of hundreds – maybe thousands – who write about infertility. And for every one of us who blogs about this journey, there are dozens of others who suffer in silence. They don't have the support that led me to stand here in front of you tonight.

So I'd like to dedicate this award to those people. They are the reason why we are here. They are why we support organizations like RESOLVE, to help bring awareness to our cause and our community. And they are the reason I keep writing – to let them know they are not alone, and they never will be.

Thank you.

33 comments:

Keiko said...

So phenomenally proud of you. Wish I could have been there in person! I just added your post to the Night of Hope Recap on Storify: http://storify.com/resolveneweng/night-of-hope-2011-recap

Crystal said...

The speech is perfect. Brought tears to my eyes.

ifcrossroads.com said...

Bravo!!!!!!

missohkay said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. It brought tears to my eyes!

Kelly said...

Absolutely perfect, Katie. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Rita said...

Perfection!!!!

Gurlee said...

So glad you shared, thank you. It is incredible, bravo!

PCOSChick said...

You are so amazing! I have tears in my eyes. I feel so honored to have such an amazingly brave woman as my friend. Thank you for being the voice of so many of us that could not be there...thank you for being the voice for so many who are silent...Thank you, Katie!!

It Is What It Is said...

Bravissima (both on the award and the tone of your acceptance speech)!

Stephanie said...

Lovely speech! Congratulations on the award :)

Tillie said...

beautiful speech. I am amazingly proud of you and you are seriously so deserving. Yay for writing about ovaries! ;)

Arlyne said...

that was amazing!!! :)

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Great job!

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

Thanks for sharing your speech! I wish I could have been there in person to support you! You are a great voice in the infertility world and we thank you!

AL said...

great job katie! so proud of you and proud to know you :-)

Kim said...

Amazing speach girlfriend! You have such an amazing presence in our community. You were one of the first blogs I started reading, as a blogger. You are inspiring, funny, witty, passionate organic and raw. I love you and everything you represent. xoxoxoxoxox

bodegabliss said...

Perfect. Thank you for being such a strong voice for all of us.

Courtney said...

You are simply amazing, my friend. Thank you for sharing your speech with all of us! So very proud of you =*)

thisispersonal said...

I'm so proud of you! You made me cry last night, and again today. Gosh darnit Katie!

Danielle said...

Perfect. You are such an inspiration, Katie! Congratulations and STANDING OVATION, GIRL!!!!

manhattan said...

very good .. like the speech .. good job ..

Rebecca said...

So awesome. YOu make me cry. I'm proud to know you!

myinfertilitywoes said...

I love it!! Thank you for what you said and for sharing it with us!

Glenn and Brittany said...

Amazing! Absolutely perfect <3

JSoch said...

I'm so glad I got a chance to meet you and your husband. The speech was perfect and spoke to so many of us personally. Congrats.

Tami said...

Congratulations! Beautifully said. Thanks for speaking on behalf of the entire infertility community.

Kakunaa said...

Thank you for sharing! It is a beautiful speech...just a touch of humor. So proud of you!

Trisha said...

It's great! Hope you've had a great time!

KRISTI said...

Excellent!!!!

theportofindecision said...

What a wonderful speech for such a well-deserved award.

ttcinfaith said...

Beautiful!!! Just beautiful!!!
xxxx

Erika Tabke said...

You gave a great speech! Thank you so much for all that you do for the community - you are an awesome representative of all of the IF bloggers out there. Wish I had had a chance to meet you on Tuesday night, but the evening moved way too fast!

Tammy said...

What a perfect speech. I knew it would be. You are such an inspiration and a comfort to countless individuals.