Living the life unexpected
By the time I reached my early 40s I had become one of a growing band of single, childless women. I had created a good corporate career in pharmacy, working on therapies to help people with rare diseases, but I had let my career consume my time and I realised that my hope of meeting someone special, to settle down and have a family, was not going to happen. I tried fertility treatment on my own but, when I realised that my only option was to go abroad and use donor eggs, I decided to draw the curtains on my dream.
I was an emotional wreck. I had lost interest in everything I used to enjoy and had no motivation to do anything. I found it difficult to picture how my life would look moving forward, or to imagine a different future. During these dark days I found an organisation called Gateway Women, which provides support to women childless by circumstance, and I joined a year-long mentorship program with the founder, Jody Day.