Did you know my father was born in Alberta? Sure was. Did you know I was also born in Alberta? Yup. Up in Cold Lake on the military air base there – my birth certificate says ‘Medley’ but it’s really CFB Cold Lake. Strange for a place to have two names like that. We lived in Alberta for a few years before bouncing around the country a bit and then, we landed back in Cold Lake for another stint. I lived there from ages 13 – 16, moving away for my grade 12 year. Once that year was up I found myself Alberta bound once more to take post secondary in Edmonton. We moved again out of province for a few years and just like a boomerang, back we came. Now we’re just outside Calgary. I’ve moved a lot in my life and even though I’ve lived on both coasts of this Canadian country I have spent the most time right here in Alberta. Funny now that I think about it. I do feel tied to this place. We have family history here. My ancestors are buried here. There’s a lake named after my father’s family – Ewing Lake. It’s just outside of Stettler.
Growing up here was good. As good as it can be, even though we endure snow and cold in the winters. There were always lots of programs for kids and being outside in the summertime here is beautiful (aside from the mosquitoes). Alberta is a family oriented province and I’m proud to be raising my family here. I often take for granted all that we have here for families – coming up is family day in fact. A holiday where we can just spend time with each other. There’s no gift giving or fireworks or picnics to worry about. It’s just nice quiet time together.
Having said all that, it just doesn’t seem right that the cost of IVF prohibits many people from starting their families here in Alberta. Many people just don’t have the funds for treatment and those that do scrape up the money tend to implant more than one embryo which results in twin, triplet or even larger pregnancies. These babies need lots of care and our province’s health care system pays the price. Watch this video to hear more from Albertan families dealing with infertility and
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