Powered by Mom – Family Reflections
As some of you may know I wrote an article in February about the first ever Family Day in our province British Columbia.
While our Family Day didn’t go as planned due to our daughter being ill, it doesn’t mean we didn’t appreciate the day itself. In fact, I think whenever possible every day should be a Family Day, but it’s nice to have an official one that is a statutory holiday here in our province, as well as in a few other provinces in Canada.
Thinking about “Family Day” did get me thinking about my own mom and dad both of whom sadly were taken from us when they were still quite young, my mom at 54 and my dad when he was only 67. However it got me thinking about the good times and how my mom was a role model of strong woman who left a country devasted by war with a young child (yes, me) and came to a country whose language she did not yet know very well. Yet she adapted, became a part of her husband’s family, made friends and became part of a community here.
Below is a picture of myself at about three years of age with my mom when we first came to Vancouver, BC
She taught me to stand up for myself, believe in myself, get educated and NOT to be afraid to voice your opinion and stand by your ethics. Admirable in my opinion for a woman who was only in her teens when the Vietnam War started, and was only 22 when my dad brought us to his home, Vancouver, BC. There she had to learn English and raise a child in a foreign country.
If you didn’t get a chance to read my Family Day article that touches on the challenges of funding for IVF here in BC and the benefits of supporting IVF you can read it HERE.
Here are a couple of quick statistics that we touched on before that resulted from a report released earlier this year about multiple birth rates, IVF funding & more.
- Multiple births are 17 times more likely to be pre-term births; as a result the ensuing expense is high along with higher rates of physical and learning disabilities. The lifetime health care costs associated with multiples are extremely high.
- BC has one of the highest multiple birth rates of all the provinces in Canada – approximately 28%. In Quebec, the multiple-birth rate has declined to between 5-8% with the introduction of public funding for IVF treatments. That program has been in place for over two years. In BC right now, it would appear we are headed for a change in government. What better time to show the rest of Canada how to model healthy families for the western provinces? The timing is perfect for BC to start funding IVF. Public support is also clearly there for this issue. 73 % of all BC residents believe the province should fund IVF.
If the only thing stopping someone who desperately wants to be a parent is money, then I think that is a shame. If the only thing keeping them from parenting a child is the concern over how to pay for in vitro fertilization, that is terribly sad. Everyone should be able to experience the gift of parenthood and lack of funding is not what should stop them. I whole heartedly support #IVF4BC and would love to see some people’s dreams become reality and give them the opportunity to be role models to their own children, it truly is the most humbling, rewarding and unequaled gift, in my opinion, to be a parent.
What can you do to support #ivf4bc
- Tweet this post and make sure to use hashtags ##ivf4bc #bcpoli or copy & paste the title of the post which has both.
- Share this post on FB and Google Plus by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post
- Write to our government and let them know you support IVF funding
I know I treasure the moments I have with my family especially my daughter and I would hope that everyone who wants it could be given that gift as well.
What moments growing up do you treasure?
I was compensated for this post however, all opinions are always 100% my own and I fully support IVF funding in BC