It’s been a year since we went public about our struggle with fertility. In October 2017 we shared our story with the BBC… and it was incredibly difficult.
We’ve gone on to write lots of articles, spoken at important fertility events, made a series for Radio 4’s PM Programme, and produced a podcast called The Long Road to Baby
This week my article Desperate for a Baby went out across the BBC going some way to explaining how fertility conditions can affect the people around us… our friends and family.
This month we were interviewed about mental health and infertility – one and the same thing if we’re honest. It was published by the lovely Alice Fyles’ in her “TTC Life Raft” podcast.
Alice says: “Making this podcast is one more way I can work on my mission: to empower anyone experiencing a struggle to have a baby (or while ‘TTC’: trying to conceive)”
And she’s right. If I had access to this podcast when we were in the throes of hell, I know it would have helped us. So thanks for having us Alice, and here we are in The TTC Life Raft
Sometimes it takes barely a moment for a lifetime of dreams to be shattered.
For me and my husband Jonny that moment came in 2013, in the London consulting room of a gynaecologist we were seeing to investigate excruciating abdominal pain and ask why I was struggling to fall pregnant.
Frantic googling had already me convinced I had endometriosis, a condition which affects the womb lining and makes it difficult to conceive, but I thought this was a problem that could be fixed – until a laparoscopic investigation confirmed that my womb effectively looked like a warzone…
Read the full article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/six-failed-rounds-ivf-can-hope-miracle/
Just before our series started on BBC’s Radio 4, I met with Natasha Lunn – the wonderful features editor at Red Magazine.
What was supposed to be a quick chat turned into a two hour breakfast meeting as we both opened our hearts and talked about fertility. A woman’s inherent desire to have a child verses the obstacles. Meeting someone you want to have a child with. Career. Age. Biological clocks. Bad damn luck.
That day I agreed to write an article for the February 2018 edition of Red Magazine. It took a lot to do it, but as I say in the article, “when you feel like you can’t go on, somehow you do.”
Once our PM series was underway, I was approached by Natalie Silverman from ‘The Fertility Podcast’ to ask if she could interview me about our work so far.
It felt like a strange request… it was my job to interview people about their lives. What would I say?
Turns out, I had a lot to say. In fact, I didn’t take a breath! As you can hear:
Thank you to Natalie for finding me, and asking me to be a part of your fantastic podcast series.