ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Grave to Cradle

My dearest readers and fellow literary travellers - it is with both a heavy and a light heart that I write my last post on this blog. The title of this blog is: "Grave to Cradle" and my husband and I have been both unfortunate to stand next to my Dad-in-law's grave early this year and incredibly fortunate to look… Continue reading Grave to Cradle

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ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Part 3: On Survival – Survivor’s guilt

*This scientist is experimenting with sequels! This is Part 3 of 3 posts on Survival. Read Part 1: On Survival - The cards have been dealt here and Part 2: On Survival - Suffer well here.* Have you heard about the trolley dilemma? It is a thought experiment where our humble human opinions on ethics… Continue reading Part 3: On Survival – Survivor’s guilt

ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Part 2: On Survival – Suffer well

*This scientist is experimenting with sequels! This is Part 1 of 3 posts on Survival. Read Part 1: On Survival - The cards have been dealt here and Part 3: On Survival - Survivor’s guilt here.* My weapons included a steak knife, a panic button, a cell phone, 2 incompetent guard dogs and 4 barricaded… Continue reading Part 2: On Survival – Suffer well

ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Part 1: On Survival – The cards have been dealt

*This scientist is experimenting with sequels! This is Part 1 of 3 posts on Survival. Read Part 2: On Survival - Suffer well here and Part 3: On Survival - Survivor’s guilt here.*   If you were a survivor in a Zombie apocalypse, what kind of team member would you be? a.) The immediate leader (maybe you… Continue reading Part 1: On Survival – The cards have been dealt

Infertility schmertility · Scientifically Speaking

“MAGIC solution to infertility!” (I’m lying but I got your attention, right?)

Every person’s physical and emotional journey to potential pregnancy is unique which is fitting since every person’s bodily structures, limitations and hormone levels are different. Yet, there are still some universal methods we all try to boost our chances. We will do whatever it takes! Whether it’s alternative medicine, giving up chocolate, meditation retreats, emotional… Continue reading “MAGIC solution to infertility!” (I’m lying but I got your attention, right?)

Infertility schmertility

Answering inappropriate questions

I remember the first time someone congratulated me on being pregnant. I was 28 years old, making up a chemical solution in the lab and definitely not pregnant. “Congratulations!” the student said to me as I realised I was humming out loud. “Uh… Sorry, with what?” I asked in confusion. “You’re pregnant!” the student said… Continue reading Answering inappropriate questions

Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy · Scientifically Speaking

A 12 week wait

My husband and I never allowed ourselves to consider life after a positive pregnancy test. We avoided discussions about names, parenting styles and pregnancy announcements. I stopped imagining a pregnant belly the moment I walked into the fertility clinic and realised that I might never experience pregnancy except in warped dreams. Averting my eyes when… Continue reading A 12 week wait

Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Sun showers and silver linings

When Oom (Uncle) Jan and his wife came to stay with us the week of my Dad-in-law’s funeral, we kept on making jokes about his absolutely terrible ring tone on his phone. Every time it rang, we started laughing hysterically – it was the sound of a siren remixed with an old school rave beat.… Continue reading Sun showers and silver linings

Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy · Scientifically Speaking

Midstream in the Midlands

It wasn’t just emotion inspired by a progesterone over dosage but emotion inspired by a truly beautiful view from our bedroom. Last weekend, my husband and I went away for a romantic getaway to the Drakensberg (Dragon mountain), a mighty mountain range stretching 1000km across three South African provinces. We stayed in a lakeside cabin… Continue reading Midstream in the Midlands