ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Sometimes I forget

Scientists go crazy for conferences. We always have an internal competition about who can collect the most freebies from exhibitors; we love a good party with professors dancing on tables and although most of us are introverts, we love to accidently hang out and network with other passionate nerds. Working in the public sector and… Continue reading Sometimes I forget

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Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

What is your theme song?

โ€œThose who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.โ€- Victor Frankl A few weeks ago, we had a seminar by Dr Paula Fernandes, a psychologist from the Femina Breast Clinic, Pretoria. She counsels women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have to make difficult decisions with regards to genetic testing… Continue reading What is your theme song?

ALS/MND Stories · Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Graciously vulnerable

I never wanted to be the red eyed, slurring, drunk lady at the bar who shares her tragic story with whomever is unfortunate enough to wait a little too long for their cocktail/beer/brannewyn & Coke. We all have that one aunty whose service providers are always unreasonable and that one friend whose boyfriends are always… Continue reading Graciously vulnerable

Fertility Clinic Stories · Infertility schmertility

Down go the pills and the emotions

In Monday nightโ€™s dream I was lost in the fertility clinic, which looked like an enormous mall, complete with coffee shops, clothes stores and movies. I saw an old Professor from my work, who is very chatty and I started running away from him, avoiding his gaze, evading his questions and hoping he wonโ€™t see… Continue reading Down go the pills and the emotions

Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Converting disappointment

My husband went for a 14 km run, hammered some unexpecting pieces of wood in the garage and went to fly his newly modified model helicopter. I watched Friends clips on YouTube, went for breakfast with my mom and bought sushi for dinner.  We watched the movie version of the book I just finished reading,… Continue reading Converting disappointment

Fertility Clinic Stories · Infertility schmertility

The verdict: grab your calendar, map and compass!

"I'm here for my semen analysis..." he whispered self-consciously. The secretary looked at my husband sympathetically: "Good luck Sir, but unfortunately you're on the wrong floor...". After two more wrong turns, every secretary in the building was aware of the lost man, desperate to give his sample to whoever had an empty coffee cup, as… Continue reading The verdict: grab your calendar, map and compass!

Infertility schmertility · Metaphysics and philosophy

Ah, ah, ah, ah, Stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive!

I'm sitting on top of my bed with the sun washing over my toes, tea incubating in my throat. I'm at home due to unforeseen panel beating issues. Let's just say that we've taken three Uber rides to go pick up my car just to be told that it's not ready for collection. I am… Continue reading Ah, ah, ah, ah, Stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive!