I knew having children would bring joy and love into my life. What I didn’t expect was how much of a joy it would be to watch OTHER people with my children. Seeing that special bond between Monkey and Papa develop as they talk about tractors and lawn mowers (2 of Monkey’s favorite topics). Seeing how Monkey’s eye light up when we visit Grandpa’s Fire Hall to see the big fire trucks. But the largest joy and privilege I have had has been watching my Husband turn into a wonderful father to our 2 boys. Watching Hubs become a hero to them. Who else can swoop in and save the day with a big bear hug or chase away the monsters under the bed? To share in laughter while eating popcorn and watching a movie? Who else tosses them up in the air so that they can play “flying”? DAD!!! And every man deserves to have that chance if they want it, to become a Dad and a hero to a child.
With 1 in 6 couples experiencing infertility not everyone gets to experience this joy as easily as we did. Many people don’t realize in about half of the cases it is actually male infertility causing the issue. Infertility is not just a “woman’s issue”, but is a medical condition which can be treated in many cases either through pharmaceuticals or via reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization. Although adequate funding for infertility treatments is lacking in Ontario at this time, both men and women who are struggling with this condition can find support and information at Conceivable Dreams.
So this Father’s Day as you celebrate all of the Dads out there, take a moment to remember those who are still struggling to create a family. As every man deserves the chance to be a Dad!
Get involved! Follow @OHIP4IVF on Twitter or the hashtag #OHIP4IVF to support government funding for IVF. Visit Conceivable Dreams for more information and support for those struggling with infertility.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for this blog post by Conceivable Dreams . However, all opinions expressed on this blog are my own and not influenced in any way.