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Summer’s Here

Summer’s Here

What a beautiful day! I wish I could tell you I’d been out enjoying the sun, but I’ve been at my desk writing a funding application for Fertility Fest next year. I don’t mind writing applications, and I definitely like funding, but I can think of better ways to spend...

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Where Is The Love?

Where Is The Love?

The weather’s been nice but things have been pretty bleak in the UK these last few weeks. It’s hard to know what to write in a blog about the pursuit of motherhood when the world doesn’t feel a safe or pleasant place to bring up children right now. I think one of the...

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Girls Who Speak Truth To Power

Girls Who Speak Truth To Power

This week I watched Three Girls - the BBC drama on the Rochdale abuse case. It’s harrowing but important viewing. It tells the tragedy of three girls – just three of many thousands in this country apparently – and how a terrible combination of poverty, family...

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Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope

Another week, another fertility industry scandal. Or so it seems. Of course this is not quite true, it isn’t every week but they do seem to be coming thick and fast these days. At the end of last year there was the ‘add ons’ saga – if you didn’t see the Panorama...

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London Marathon. Tick.

London Marathon. Tick.

London Marathon. Tick. We won’t say too much about my time – except to let the Kenyans know they have nothing to fear! OK, 5 hours 27 minutes for those of you who care about these things. Longer than I had hoped but I made it through to the finishing line and it was...

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Yes, it IS Tuesday

Yes, it IS Tuesday

Now, I know I usually post on a Sunday and only once every two weeks, but today is a special day. I’m taking part in a ‘blog tour’ (fancy!) with 25 other wonderful women. We’ve come together to launch Justine Brooks Froelker’s latest book The Mother of Second Chances,...

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This Time Next Week

This Time Next Week

This time next week it will all be over. The London Marathon 2017 is taking place a week today. Thank you to everyone who mistakenly sent me ‘good luck’ messages this morning. Thankfully today was about Easter eggs (well, salted caramel walnut whips actually) and not...

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AFOG

AFOG

Today was not my finest day. What was supposed to be the pinnacle of my London Marathon training: 20 miles, turned into 15 miles plus a 5 mile stagger. I’m finding this marathon thing harder than I ever imagined I would. As the wonderful and wise Jody Day – who has...

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Made In A Moondance

Made In A Moondance

I’ve always been late to the party. If ever proof were needed read this: I only found out what a Mooncup was earlier this month. I know. Don’t ask. But now that I have, I keep hearing about them, although one of the joys of being post-40 is I don’t feel the need to...

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Fire and Ashes

Fire and Ashes

It’s shaping up to be a mad March… Next weekend, I’m speaking at the Families Through Surrogacy conference on how to cope with infertility (11 March). Then, on Sunday, I’m giving a talk at the Southbank’s WOW Festival (12 March) on the need for better fertility...

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The Right To Try

The Right To Try

When I was a little girl, I always imagined that when I grew up I would be a mother. I had it all planned out: two girls; two boys; and a house full of noise. I also always thought one day I would run the London Marathon, the most iconic long distance race in the city...

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A is for Argentina. B is for Beyoncé.

A is for Argentina. B is for Beyoncé.

I’m back! Goodbye Argentina. Hello London. It’s great to be home but, before you die, if you possibly can, you must see a tango show in Buenos Aires; drink a glass of Malbec in Mendoza; ride like a gaucho across the Pampas (I highly recommend doing it at this place -...

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Summit

Summit

I did it. I climbed the highest mountain in South America, one of the world’s seven summits and the biggest peak outside the Himalayas. This is not a picture of me at the top – note to self, iphone cameras don’t work on seven thousand metre mountains – this is a...

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Don’t Cry For Me

Don’t Cry For Me

Feliz año nuevo. That’s happy new year in Spanish because I’m writing this from Argentina. I arrived yesterday and have to say that I highly recommend new year’s eve in Buenos Aires. Today I’ve been on the trail of Eva Perón, the country’s legendary First Lady known...

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Christmas is coming…

Christmas is coming…

...and the goose is getting fat. As is the Christmas lurgy. Has it got you yet? It has me. In fact, last night I took two Night Nurse (my wonder drug) and slept through until 10.30am this morning. This is unheard of for me – I usually wake up at five. Suffice to say,...

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Add-Ons

Add-Ons

I am writing this from the tranquility of the Scottish Highlands after a crazy, busy week. On Monday evening, I was on BBC’s Panorama programme: Inside Britain’s Fertility Business which then, inevitably, resulted in lots of other things. Radio, newspapers, and more...

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Kittens

Kittens

When I give talks about my/the pursuit of motherhood, I often mention the value of fur babies although I’ve never actually had one. That is, until last week when two adorable balls of fluff arrived. In the lead up to them coming, I noticed I was getting stressed. I’ve...

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The Fertility Show Take-Three

I’m on the 27 bus heading to Olympia. At 10.30am I’ll be giving a talk on the IVF Roller Coaster. A cliché, but like many clichés, true. This is the Fertility Show take-three for me, having spoken at it in 2014. 2015 and now 2016. I always have ambivalent feelings...

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A Story of Love and Life

A Story of Love and Life

Other people’s pregnancy announcements are always going to hurt. It’s like I said in my film for Fertility Network UK about the ‘pain of never’: one of the things that infertility does to you is that you can never feel happy for someone when they announce they’re...

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Hidden Faces

Hidden Faces

October is an important month for making babies. It culminates in National Fertility Awareness Week (Monday 31st October to Sunday 6th November) along with The Fertility Show - the biggest IVF trade fair in the UK - where I’ll be speaking for the third year running....

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Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn is one of the UK’s leading voices on fertility and family, as well as endurance sport (even though she doesn’t have children and is the most unlikely athlete). She has become a pioneer in inspiring people to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn’t go to plan.

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