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Fertility Myths

I know it’s Mother’s Day and I should probably write a blog about it but this week I’ve been thinking a lot about myths and legends so I thought I’d write about that instead. Strange really because I’m not the sort of person who is a fan of things like Lord of the...

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Out of Office

I’ve been beyond busy this week. So much so I almost forgot I had to write this. I’ve been in the water for nine hours (not including showers); have spent the weekend at a marathon of theatre (seven shows in two days – just finished the last one now). And in every...

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A Blog For Mothers

This week I thought I’d bring you some nice news. And before you think it – no I’m not pregnant. But three other people are… As some of you may know, last year I started an interview series called the Fertility Proust Questionnaire (based on the Vanity Fair...

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Katie Hopkins and Me

Katie Hopkins wouldn’t like me: I’ve put on half a stone. But then she probably wouldn’t like many channel swimmers as it’s not a sport for someone who thinks we should all be thin. In case you didn’t know, you can’t wear a wetsuit and need to put on weight to keep...

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Different Paths

The blog is back! My new bi-weekly instalment, as promised. And because bi-weekly is such a badly-behaved word that means two completely different things, I’ll just add for clarification that from now on I’ll be writing fortnightly and not twice weekly (I wouldn’t do...

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Resolutions

I’ve been having an existential blog crisis. At around about this time last year I made a resolution. I set myself the challenge of writing a blog every Sunday night and, this week, Ms Wordpress emailed to say I’d done exactly that. But when do last year’s resolutions...

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I Coped!

I Coped!

I coped with Christmas. In fact, I had a lot of fun. Wherever you were, whoever you were with and whatever you were doing, I hope you did too. So how about a game of ‘Where’s Wally?’ for a little post-Christmas fun. Can you find the person with a number 40 on her hat...

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Coping with Christmas – Part III

So here we go: the last instalment in my series of blog posts about ‘Coping with Christmas’. In Part I, I brought you four margaritas and in Part II, I offered the wise words of two other women. For Part III I’d like to venture that one way of coping with Christmas is...

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Coping with Christmas – Part II

Last week for the first in my series of blog posts about ‘Coping with Christmas’ I had four margaritas… Thank you to everyone who sent me ideas for the next instalment. The blogger Surfergirl suggested I try a different cocktail every weekend. And my good friend (and...

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Coping with Christmas – Part I

I fell asleep on the Piccadilly line last night and woke up at Turnpike Lane. I regained consciousness at the sound of the train driver announcing where we were and for a few seconds I was totally discombobulated: TURNPIKE LANE...TURNPIKE LANE...WHERE THE HELL IS...

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Sprouts

It’s time for a new Fertility Proust Questionnaire. But first for a confession. When I started doing this interview series earlier in the year, my plan was to do one every month. But I missed October and I’d have missed November too if I didn’t get it out today. The...

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B is for Birthday

Once birthdays were a time for celebration. Now for me and other women of my kind they are just a flashing beacon that time is running out. It’s sad really because there’s nothing prettier than a cake with lots of candles. All things being equal, I’d enjoy blowing...

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The Year 2050

I knew as soon as I saw it that I would have to write a blog about it. The headline read: ‘Sex will be just for fun by 2050 as we all switch to IVF’. It’s one of those statements that makes you gasp. The suggestion that anyone would choose IVF over the natural way of...

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The World Wide Web

How often do you stop and think about the world wide web? It really is an incredible thing. I took a look at my search history before writing this and marvelled at its infinite variety. It included: * What do I do if I’ve been hacked? (twitter related – and sorry to...

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And Then I Cried

I’ve just got home from The Fertility Show 2014 held each year at Olympia. This morning I was speaking about ‘How To Manage Your Fertility Clinic’ and this afternoon I helped out on the stands of Infertility Network UK and Mindful Muma To Be. Forgive me for not...

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It’s My Versary

Last week I got an email telling me it was my one year Twitterversary. It’s also a year since I joined Facebook (they didn’t send a card) and when I press ‘publish’ on this blog today a little message will come up saying: ‘You’ve just posted your 52nd blog’ - one...

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ITRAGTFWATW?!

OMG! WTF? ITRAGTFWATW?! (NB. this acronym is all my own) Facebook and Apple are offering to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. In a move to combat societal panic around the dangers of leaving motherhood too late and the poor success rates of IVF amongst...

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Reappropriation

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the word ‘infertile’. For years it wasn’t a word I wanted to be seen in the same room as. But of late I’ve rather grown to like it. In fact, me and infertile now go for out dinner regularly when we’re not at home on the sofa...

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Love Your Library

This week I was invited to Molesey Library near Hampton Court to speak about my book. It was my first ever library talk and I have to admit I was nervous. I wasn’t sure the average library visitor matched the demographic of my readership. It must be at least twenty...

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59 (and three-quarters)

I know a lot about what it feels like to be childless at 43. I also know what it feels like at 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42 which are all the years I’ve been trying to have a baby. But I don’t know what it feels like not to be a mother at 59 (and...

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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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