At the Blossom Method, we are proud to inspire those who struggle with infertility issues to seek the support that they need and deserve. One of the groups we refer our patients to is Shine: A Light on Fertility. Today, we have a guest post from Katie O’Connor, the founder of Shine, about what the program strives to accomplish.

Friendship and Advocacy

By: Katie O’Connor, Founder, Shine: A Light On Fertility

When you are going through a hard time, a good friend is what you need most.  It helps if the friend has experienced a similar struggle as you, and that is where Fertility Friends comes in—a new mentor program by Shine: A Light on Fertility.  Fertility Friends is a matching system that pairs a new member with someone who has successfully completed their fertility journey.  This program provides one-on-one support that can help with the day-to-day stresses of fertility treatments, and acts as a supplement to group sessions.  It allows the new member a chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has experienced similar challenges.  Fertility Friends can lend support and guidance to help new members navigate fertility treatment procedures as well as talk through options.  Mentors are sensitive to the new member’s journey, because they can closely relate to their experience.

Being your own advocate is important when going through any life challenge, but combining that with knowledge and awareness creates empowerment.  Shine puts a focus on early education and taking a proactive approach to one’s fertility health through their Advocacy Initiative.  Every woman knows that when they turn 40, it means the start of mammograms, and we are taught even earlier to start performing self-breast exams.  However, there is nothing like this in place for fertility health.  Our goal is to inspire a movement that gets 20-somethings informed and proactive about their fertility health.

There are numerous gynecological illnesses that impact women whether they want a family or not, and Shine wants to raise awareness about that, too.  Many women put an emphasis on trying not to get pregnant, but they are not aware if they even can.

Shine was born from the founder’s personal journey through infertility. At its core, it is a unique support community providing education and knowledge, and it has grown to be a voice and advocate for all affected by fertility challenges.  Shine offers open forum support the 2nd Tuesday of each month, as well as a guest speaker presentation the 4th Tuesday of each month.  We also sponsor advocacy events through out the year.

You can learn more about Shine and the fertility support programs they offer on their website.

About the Author:

Katie O’Connor is the founder of Shine: a light on fertility, a unique fertility support community.  She is a wife, mom, only child, marathon runner, fitness instructor, and fertility advocate!  Check out my blog, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and explore my Pinterest!