Sometimes other people’s bravery puts me to shame. I bumped into a friend yesterday who shared some exciting news – she’s going to have an IVF donor baby. Whilst that in itself is not earth shattering, she is doing it alone as she is not married nor does she have a partner.
But at the age of 42, she decided to stop ignoring the tick of her biological clock and has started the pre-process of IVF (In vitro fertilisation). It’s been a merry-go-round of doctors appointments, blood tests, counselling sessions, and lots of reading. She sounded like a medical dictionary with all the medical terms she was reeling off to me.
So yesterday she got the big tick and come January she will start her treatment. She’s got lots of supportive friends but it is still a step into the unknown. As she said to me today “a massive but liberating step”. And if it doesn’t work out, she knows she tried and there will be no regrets.
Brave … so very brave.