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Mid-Magnitude

Mid-Magnitude

As soon as I’d swum the Channel I had several phonecalls and emails from people who know what happens next. After all that training and dreaming and training and dreaming when you finally do it, you slump. The people who knew this told me it was going to happen, that...

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A Festival of Fertility in a Quiet House?

In my last blog I wrote about the Fertility Show and this week I want to tell you about a different kind of fertility show which is the centerpiece of a festival that I’m going to be involved in next year. It’s exciting – although an arts marketer I worked with a long...

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The Fertility Show 2015

This blog is called The Fertility Show 2015 lest it get mixed up with my blog from the same moment last year which was called And Then I Cried. That was about The Fertility Show 2014. So here’s the thing. I almost didn’t agree to speak at The Fertility Show today...

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Suffragette

One of the great things about not working is the cinema. Not that I’d want you to think I’m lazing about or anything but when you’re no longer a slave to the nine to five, you can go to the movies in the afternoon. On a weekday. I’ve seen the new Woody Allen. I’ve...

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A New Life Starts Here

This week has been a question. A pleasantly strange one but a question nonetheless. When people ask me, what will I say I do? Last week I left my job at the Lyric Hammersmith: the best theatre in the world. It wasn’t just a job. For fourteen years it was my life. Last...

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Standing On Her Brother’s Shoulders

Struggling to have a baby has shaped my life. So now has swimming the Channel. But today, I want to tell you about something else that has made me who I am which I’ve never written about before. On my eighteenth birthday, my best friend’s brother committed suicide. He...

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17 Hours and 44 Minutes

17 Hours and 44 Minutes

For days I’ve been wondering what to write in my blog this week. It feels to me the world knows that I did it so some suspenseful build up about how I got into the water in the dark at 1.30am; was fine until hours three to six when I was so sick that I went off course...

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The Wait

When I started my Channel Challenge I didn’t realise how many parallels there were going to be with going through IVF. Maybe if I did, I’d never have done it. There’s the physical and mental toughness of the training; there are all the things about succeeding that are...

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Swimming Everest

Swimming Everest

So blog followers, with any luck you won’t have to read about the build up to my Channel swim much longer because next time I write it could be over. I say ‘could be’ because there are various variables that spectators of this sport should know. My swimming slot...

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Test Tube Tales

When I got into bed on Wednesday night, I opened my laptop and saw that I had a new follower on twitter: Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby. Wow, I thought, sleepy-eyed, why would she want to follow me? Unlike Louise, my own test-tube tales are traumatic not...

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Seven and Six

Seven and Six

Forgive me for what is possibly going to be one of my shortest ever blogs. I have just completed the legendary ‘Seven and Six’ . The pinnacle of Channel swimming training, it involves swimming for seven hours on Saturday and going to sleep knowing you’ve got to get up...

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The Angel of Peckham

The Angel of Peckham

The Angel of Peckham has fallen. Or so the newspapers said. On Friday, the news that Camila Batmanghelidjh – founder of the charity Kids Company which supports the most disadvantaged young people in the UK - was stepping down as Chief Executive hit the headlines. Over...

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Fertility Education

About a year ago, I became a columnist for Fertility Road, one of the world's leading fertility magazines. It’s fun writing about stuff that interests me - a bit like writing a blog except, even better, you get paid! For the next issue’s column, I’ve written about...

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An event you might like…

Don’t worry you haven’t lost a week in time. This is just a mini blog between my usual fortnightly instalments. I wanted to let you know, in case you’re free and fancy it, that on Monday 29th June we’re hosting an event at the theatre I run in London – the Lyric...

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Swimming For Money

Yesterday when I was supposed to be writing this I fell asleep in my Premier Inn bed in Dover with a cherry bakewell by my side. Thankfully the cherry bakewell didn’t get squashed and survived so when I woke up, I made myself a stiff cup of black coffee, ate it and...

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To Be Continued

My blog this week was going to be dedicated to the launch of my Channel Fundraising Campaign but due to a technical hitch I’m having to delay. I will be fundraising for two charities that are very close to my heart - one that supports families who haven’t got the...

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So we beat on…

I stood on the beach and cried.I cried because I’d done it. I have officially qualified to swim the Channel by completing six hours in water below 16 degrees. But I know my tears were for other reasons as well. Reasons that it’s too soon to write about but will...

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Hello Thursday

When I made the decision not to blog last Sunday, it was a big one. I have been blogging on Sundays (initially weekly, latterly fortnightly) for the last year and a half so the absence felt acute. I did consider writing to say I’d not be writing but then I thought...

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Mrs Worthington

Forgive me. This blog could be mistaken for a shameful plug. Generally I don’t write about my other life but I’m about to. Actually these days I have three lives: my pursuit of motherhood life which includes this blog; my swimming life which includes the spectre of...

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That Woman

I’ve always been conscious of the danger of social media. Maybe that’s why for a long time I avoided it. Not being on Facebook during my thirties saved me from a multitude of pregnancy announcements that would have been difficult to withstand. And I feel truly blessed...

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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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