Breast Cancer Awareness month is over. I’d say the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation sure has done a ton of work. I mean, every time I turned around in October, I stumbled across the pink ribbon. It was printed on cereal boxes, stuck on gas cap covers, and incorporated into football player uniforms. One morning when I was visiting my nephew Noah, I opened a carton of eggs and the ribbon was stamped onto the eggshells. Even the White House in Washington, D.C. was the “pink” house one night.
Infertility awareness isn’t doing as hot. This article describes how, because women shy away from speaking about their struggles, infertility is receiving less funding and research than other medical issues. Many women, like me, are shocked when they have trouble conceiving. Personally–even more than advances in technology–I’d love to see more information disseminated about the role age plays in fertility, as well as the steps women can take early in life to better protect their fertility. If I had known about America’s messed up food system twenty years ago, I could’ve started making healthier changes way back then.
Speaking of raising awareness, November is National Adoption Month (there is a big expo coming up in D.C.; keep an eye out for events in your area). When Ron and I began looking into adoption, we were (once again) shocked at what we discovered. We had started the paperwork to adopt a toddler from Nepal. As I investigated the process, I kept learning about issues involving child trafficking. Eventually, the U.S. Department of State suspended new petitions to adopt from Nepal due to concerns over falsified paperwork. Still, we carefully press on. I don’t know where this path will lead us–we’re listening to all sorts of different perspective on the topic of adoption and sorting it out. My hope is that if we keep seeking, we will find the truth.
About Jenny Rough
Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com