Have a friend who blogs? Ask to write a guest post about HG. Do you know people who work in the television, radio, newspaper, or online communication industries? Reaching out to the people you know is one way to raise your voice.
But you do not need to know people. Local media outlets are always interested in good human interest stories. Contact the media in your area with a phone call, email, or by sending this press release. When emailing media outlets, include 2-3 sentences about your HG experience and attach the press release.
Dear [name of Public Relations Director or News Director]:
May 15 is International HG Awareness Day, and I am reaching out to offer my story.
I have had Hyperemesis Gravidarum ___ times and have ___ children. Many HG moms struggle to get medical care because HG is misunderstood and thought to be the same as morning sickness. It is not. My medical care included _______________. It was an isolating, scary, and traumatic experience [or what three descriptors would fit your experience].
Sharing with your readers (or viewers) would allow us to educate and bring awareness. Thank you for your consideration.
There are many different ways to be a voice with the media. Some HG moms have even written and submitted unsolicited articles that were published. (Logo used with permission in this article.)
HG is more than what you see: it is your story.
- Participate in HG research.
- Become an advocate.
- Make a gift to the HER Foundation.
- Share your story and support other HG moms.
- Become a HER Foundation volunteer.
- Blog about HG and show support for HER.
- Share resources with local health professionals and hospitals.