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I never thought this day would arrive! The long agonizing wait of trying to conceive for 4 years seems to be coming to a miraculous conclusion and the more weeks that pass, the more I start to believe that we’ll actually get a baby come October, and that is, quite frankly mind blowing!   Our…

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Having been through 2 full rounds of IVF and 4 frozen embryo transfers, I feel like now would be a good time to draw up a few survival tips from our experience. Everyone’s experience of IVF will be slightly different but there are some common themes so if you’re going through it or about to…

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There’s nothing like a major life event to help rock that chess board! My most recent shake up was being made redundant – and now, 1 month on, I feel like I’m in a totally different place, so much freer, excited and in control of my choices and the chance I now have to reshape…

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I’ve been waiting for the right moment to talk about where I am at right now and today felt like the day!   We are very cautiously expecting a miracle…a 10 week old very fragile and precious miracle and we’re feeling very nervous and excited and totally out of our depth!   We’ve gotten so…

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It appears that both Cathy and I have taken inspiration and insight by books recently and I really enjoyed Cathy’s post last week on the four agreements. Simplicity and self-realisation really are the key to a more fulfilled existence.   That said, it’s so easy to be enveloped in our own struggles, especially with ongoing…

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Cheers, dear readers, It is fantastic to be writing to you here today! I have missed this wonderful creative and therapeutic outlet which also serves as a way to support and send love and hope to this courageous community. As a bonus tip to anyone reading this: If you are struggling emotionally, please consider taking…

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I’ve had a stark realisation this week, that we’ve basically run out of funds.   The fertility bank balance has officially dried up and now that I’m out of a job we’re basically having to hedge all our bets on the two little embryos that are hopefully growing inside me right now.   Obviously, we…

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It all starts with the seed right? Well, not exactly, first we need to make sure the ground is fertile, well-nourished and receptive to enable growth. We hear talk of a “fertile womb garden” sometimes in holistic practises and therapies, but how about the concept of starting with a fertile relationship with which to grow…

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There’s nothing like being made redundant to shake up your routine!   Once fear has subsided you have an opportunity to reassess, recalibrate, reprioritise and refocus, which is so precious and valuable and can open up a whole new way of life and way of working that you never thought possible!   This is the…

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Hi everybody! Eric here again with my first post of the new year, and it’s great to be back!   First, let me say a huuuuuge thank you to Julia, whose fresh voice, vulnerability and candor (not to mention wonderful writing) have been such a great injection of energy here at SS&FE. I am so…

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