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.