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Hi, I'm Glenda

I started a blog as a way to help me process the news that myself and my husband were infertile. I also hoped that by starting something like this that it might help friends and family understand what we're going through or (if I may be so bold) help other women or couples who might be thinking about getting pregnant or have been given similar news.

I don't think there's enough information 'out there' about infertility, how it might affect you or what your options might be if you still want a family so I thought a public diary would be a great way to share our story.

The title of my blog Fragile Cotton String came from a meeting with our consultant when she described my Fallopian tubes as such. Besides our diagnosis, this was hugely shocking to me and helped me realise just how fragile, difficult and stressful conception is for the average person, even without complications.

Since starting the blog in 2019, we have been lucky enough to become parents to our beautiful boy, Freddie Francis through ICSI IVF and you can read more about that journey and parenthood here too.

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A few things you should know about our situation:

It might help to give you some context around the blog to know the following:

  • On 12th July 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis - the damage is too severe for us to conceive naturally. 

  • I am still learning about Endometriosis and all that comes with it. 

  • I also have blocked, damaged Fallopian tubes which is a result of the Endometriosis.

  • My husband, Tom, who will feature a lot on the blog, had testicular cancer in 2012 and had an Orchiectomy to remove one of them.

  • Tom's semen samples have shown low mobility and low production.

  • We had an NHS funded round of ICSI IVF in 2020 which gave us our little boy Freddie and two more embryos which are currently in forzen storage at Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM).

  • We are extremely grateful for the help, advice, support and opportunities given to us by the NHS including undeniable respect for the staff we have met along the way - they simply don't get enough credit.

  • We couldn't have got through some of our darker days without the invaluable support and love received from friends and family.

  • Everything you read on the blog is just my opinion. I don't claim to be a medical professional and I only have my own experiences to reference.