Today marks the start of National Fertility Awareness Week here in the UK. All this week I am sharing facts and personal stories on my Instagram (LottieHope) my Twitter account (@HopeEpiMum ) and my Facebook account. Here in the UK one in six couples struggle with fertility issues. This week is about raising awareness and helping get rid of some of that stigma/taboo that surrounds infertility. I stand proudly and wear my IVF badge with pride, this is part of me and I will not be silenced or ashamed of that. I will be blogging as much as I can this week, especially as it coincides with my starting week of our FET. Continue reading
Yesterday my husband, niece, our shihtzu Spike and I took part in the Epilepsy Action Sefton Coast Walk. This was a 4.5 mile walk to raise money for the charity Epilepsy Action. We paid the entrance fee for a family ticket which was £20 and not only did it cover a train ticket back to the start, we also got a bottle of water and a snack. I believe some of the money that was leftover from the event costs also went to Epilepsy Action which is amazing. Originally it was just going to be my husband and I doing the walk, but due to last minute babysitting duties our niece P came along too! P was really excited as she was meant to take part in this walk last year but couldn’t due to a chest infection.
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I’ve been struggling the past few days. I’ve voiced this partially on Twitter but then followed this up with tweets telling myself not to wallow. I’ve not actually voiced how much I am struggling. I just can’t seem to be able to gather my thoughts enough to tell anyone exactly what I’m struggling with. Until now, I’m making a conscious effort to write it all out. Think my body and mind are getting tired of “running just to stand still”. Continue reading
Before all this started I used to dream. I dreamt whilst I was still working. Before my Epilepsy interfered and I could still earn a living. Before we had to leave our first home together. Before we were engaged. Before we started trying for a baby. Before we were both diagnosed with fertility issues. I dreamt. Continue reading
People don’t usually acknowledge that they are trying to have a baby until they announce they are 12 weeks gone and provide an ultrasound scan picture for you to coo over. I think this makes admitting/acknowledging you are having difficulty trying to conceive harder. How much do you tell people? Have you actually told people? Are you planning on telling people? Questions. Pressures. Continue reading
I’m Charlotte Hope aka @HopeEpiMum & @SaucyCHP on twitter. I am in my mid 20s and married. I live with an uncontrollable progressive (degenerative) type of Epilepsy that means I am unable to work. I also have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome) and an Anxiety Disorder. Continue reading
It’s the biggest debate of them all, well ok it is the debate that starts the earliest….baby names. Even before you’re ready to have children you think of names you would like to call your future offspring. You ponder ideas and combinations of names that sound nice with your surname, your partner’s surname or even that celebrity crush’s surname. You have a list before you even know you have a list, vowing never to call your child after that person that was mean to you in school or that ex who was such a bad person you cant bear to associate your chid with that name. If you bear with all my rambling I promise I will end on some sort of point!