For many of you following our blog, you have read numerous pieces written by my sisters, and many less from me. As I outlined in my initial blog post, I struggled to find topics to discuss as 27-year-old male who did not have kids, or haven’t attempted to conceive with my wife. I no doubt had a passion to help spread the word and help bring encouragement to families who are struggling with infertility; I just didn’t believe that my writing was the most effective vehicle to do just that. I brainstormed for many hours hoping to find a way to connect with people more effectively and a way that brings attention to a cause that is frequently lacking a male voice.
Before I get deeper into this article, a little background will be needed. In December of 2007, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the same cancer that took the life of my grandfather 20 years prior. This became an impactful moment not only in my life, but my entire family. As we gathered in support, our entire family began taking part in a local Indianapolis 5K that raised funds to support men dealing with prostate cancer. Little did we know that doing a 5K as a family would create a spark in all of us to live a healthier lifestyle, and push our bodies to the limit. Shortly after my father’s diagnosis, he underwent a successful surgery to remove the cancer. He remains cancer free to this day. However, we have never stopped running.
In effort to blend these two passions together, I have decided to embark on a journey that I will document for you all over the coming weeks and months. I could not think of a better week to make this announcement than National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This week we honor those dealing with fertility issues for NIAW, and gather to support a common cause.
To do my part in raising awareness for families dealing with infertility, I will be competing in an Olympic Triathlon later this summer (my first Olympic distance). My goal is not to win or run my personal bests, it’s about carrying a torch for a cause that is rarely mentioned my men. I hope this journey helps inspire men to open up about the emotional effects of infertility, and create a new dialog. It is also to honor and support those who have battled, or are currently battling the physical and emotional turmoil that infertility causes. #YouAreNotAlone.
During my training, please follow my progress on Facebook, and Twitter @keytoconcieve, or search #TriToConceive as I will bring you weekly updates, as well as the stories of those who I am running for.
I look forward to hearing from all of you over the next few months.