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My husband and I got together when we were 18; 12 years later, in November 2006, we got married. We always figured we had plenty of time to start a family, but have been trying since our marriage and have not even seen a glimmer of that elusive second line on a pregnancy test.

I'm English, born in Scotland, but, thanks to a dad in the army, grew up in a variety of different countries. I'm married to a guy with an Irish father and Scottish mother. I own a retired racing greyhound that was born in Ireland, but grew up in England. Which I guess makes us pretty comprehensibly British. So, I spell colour with a u, use words like bloody and bugger, have to battle with the National Health Service for treatment and like nothing better than to laugh at myself.

Despite its lack of success, my journey has thrown up a whole lot of stuff that, had we got pregnant immediately, I would never have known. Like, how to tell you are ovulating using just your cervical mucus, what the inside of my empty uterus looks like on a 3D scan, what thrilling your chi with acupuncture feels like, and I've 'met' a whole lot of folk in the blogosphere going through the same thing, which I have found incredibly supportive. I hope this'll help you too realize; we are not alone.



a blog by liz, Mar. 29, 2010

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a blog by liz, Mar. 12, 2010

I imagine that many of you, like me, have revamped your lifestyle significantly since the task of trying to get pregnant began. Less "my body is a temple," more "my body is an incubator" (or at least that's what we hope).

You've cut out alcohol, particularly during the two-week wait (although no one would blame you if, when your period arrives, you go and drown yourself in a vat of vodka). Coffee is but a distant memory.


a blog by liz, February 8, 2010

I’m not embarrassed about having difficulty conceiving. It’s one of those things I had as little control over as my natural hair colour (that problem, with a little color, is a lot easier solved than my genetic inability to conceive).

The majority of my friends and immediate family know what’s going on. In fact, one of the reasons I started my blog is so my friends can keep up to date with what is happening in my life whilst ensuring that they don’t ask the wrong question at the wrong time and reduce me to a blubbering wreck.

There are people in my life who don’t know.

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a blog by liz

I started 2009 with hope. A lot of hope.

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a blog by liz


Comments (1)

Liz I think you should go into comedic writing! You have a wonderful way with words and I think a great attitude throughout this bloody, buggery process (to quote Ab Fab). Maybe it's because I'm a Brit too, but I can tell you are a Brit just from the way you write, and I love it, miss it, wish there was more of it. Keep on "trying" and good luck with your IVF.


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