Jay-Jay and Dom have been married since 2006. They always imagined that they'd get married, have children, grow old. A complication in surgery for a tumour on his aorta left them unable to conceive a child naturally. In the meantime, they suddenly became guardians of Jay-Jay's five-year-old nephew.... read more But their hopes of having a child of their own lay in IVF. After five heart breaking rounds of treatment, they have finally decided that enough is enough. Written with a mix of brutal honesty and their trademark humour, this book follows their quest to conceive a child, charting the highs and lows of life lived in the shadow of infertility.
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By Jill Autridge
Being in my 50's and childless (by choice; and never married either) I admit I never fully sympathised or understood what it would be like not to be able to conceive, period (excuse the pun!). I have followed JayJay's journey (via NZ mags/tv/interviews etc) over the years with interest as she seemed such a spirited, fun and successful gal and I thought that would be ENOUGH for her. Then her book was passed onto me and after reading, I now comprehend the emptiness and sad state a woman can feel when her physical, hormonal and motherly desire for a child just can't be attained. JayJay and her husband have been SO brave to be able to survive such trauma - and be able to move on AND keep their relationship going I might add! I'm glad JayJay and Dom can enjoy being "2nd-parents" at least. (And maybe I'm just meant to enjoy being an aunt?) But remember: MIRACLES DO HAPPEN so who knows what's around the corner?! A really neat book to read. (from Jill of Linden)
By Jill Autridge