How do you create awareness?

IVF should not be a taboo anymore in today’s society. 1 out of 6 couples suffer fertility problems, which is a lot. About 3.5 million people in the UK. If you are having fertility National-Fertility-Awareness-Week-problems, you should know you are not alone in this. Once I started my treatments back in 2008 I felt an exception. The moment I started to talk about it, I found out I was not the only one.

In the first years of trying to conceive, it is quite common not to talk about it. I felt I was failing and besides vulnerable I felt a bit ashamed perhaps. I decided to write in my diary, it was like a therapy of dealing with it. I really wanted to read a personal story of someone with the same experience, preferably with a happy end. I knew all the medical brochures, but I needed more than that to prepare myself for the treatments.

Later on we decided to come out of the closet and be honest and open about it. It made my cover engelslife easier. I decide to share my story and write a book about it. Not a patient story, but more about my real life, love, travelling and IVF. Not a sad story, but also with humor and love, to make people smile.

My story created awareness as it was distributed among 7.000 pregnant women. Most of them got pregnant the easy way. Before they could not relate to our fertility world until they read my book. How can we expect an outsider to understand our world if we do not explain the full story?

For this reason I decided to offer my ebook Looking for Easter Eggs in the national awareness fertility week for only £ 2. And I hope that your family and friends will read it to create a better awareness and understanding in the society. If you can’t talk about your deepest feelings and thoughts, I hope my book can help you with that and that it will give you some extra comfort and hope.

What you can do to create awareness: be honest. Talk about it. Just say what you are really feeling. Be proud of yourself, of all the steps you take to make your dream come true.

Mijn eerste boek review van Looking for Easter eggs

cover engelsBook title: Looking for Easter Eggs, my story about love, travel and Easter eggs

Author: Anne Tel

 

Synopsis

The story, told in quasi-diary form, of Anne’s romance with Frank and her repeated attempts to become pregnant, resulting in IVF treatment.

Summary

This (true) story is naturally suspenseful, as we wait, like the narrator, for the result of her latest attempt to become pregnant. In this context, the diary format is ideal, allowing for a mixture of detailed events and general reflections, but without the sense of being pushed in a particular narrative direction. The only small disadvantage with the format is the difficulty of knowing at a glance the time-gap between each entry, which varies from a matter of days to many months.

The ups and downs of the story are helped enormously by a very vivid authorial voice: sharp-witted, fun-loving and warmly humorous; insightfully self-aware but not without her fair share of stubbornness. The necessarily detailed gynaecological elements are presented candidly and without embarrassment, which in itself is a major advance over how the same subject is often approached in this country. Although the medical procedures presented are specifically Dutch, there is enough overlap with how IUI and IVF are administered in this country for this not to be a concern.

The copy is very clean and the book has been skilfully translated into idiomatic English. In view of the book’s success in the author’s native Holland, the interest of the subject matter and the intrinsic quality of the work, the recommendation is to offer the author a publishing contract.