The Priory waiting room. A room Mr W and I spent far too much time sat in, waiting for all sorts of joyous appointments of poking and prodding and far too much bad news.
The walls are adorned with various posters showing the stages of an embryo and various helpline numbers alongside the look-what-you-could’ve-won photo of a consultant surrounded by miracle children.
And it’s in this waiting room that on a particularly depressing visit I met Kate.
Normally people sit in silence, hands wringing in anticipation, with just tentative eye contact and half smiles – those knowing smiles of people who find themselves on the same unwanted journey. But on the day I was to find out about the fate of my first nearly-pregnancy, I met Kate.
Both awaiting our turn, we started chatting for a mere moment before we were whisked off to hear our equally disappointing news. And on returning to the waiting room we hugged. We were strangers but there was a connection that is hard to explain. Cue a swap of business cards and an e-mail chain as long as the complete set of Britannia encyclopaedias.
Since that fateful moment, aside from my amazing hubby, she’s been a real strength to me and we’ve shared everything from despair through to lots and lots of proper belly laughs.
And so quite fitting that my first official photography assignment was the christening of her second miracle baby.
You see, out of every heartache comes joy and for me it was being there capturing that very special moment. And it cemented that THIS is what lights me up.
So brave of you to put yourself out there and be so honest. Looking forward to seeing your journey x
Couldn’t have done it without the support of friends like you xx
Throughout our friendship you have been my confidant, adviser, rock, buddy and a whole load of other good stuff attributed to being a bloody good friend – stay brilliant Sal!
I’m looking forward to reading future posts x
Ditto! Together we’ve conquered a lot. Long may it continue. But in a good way. That doesn’t involve dingy broom cupboards of doom 😉
An incredible hidden talent of writing, not just photography! Can’t wait to read the next instalments …. xx
Thanks, Sylv. Best get writing…..
I’ve chuckled and had a couple of wet eyes from your posts Sal. You’ve more than one amazing talent, keep doing it. I look forward to reading more of your posts and seeing more of your pics…
Thank you xx
I’ve been lost for words at the true, honest heart felt sharing in your blog and I truly believe you can achieve anything you put your heart to. Go courageous woman!
Thank you. Your support and kind words mean the world x
You are so brave Sal to share your journey with everyone, and I know how important it is to you to. I’ve had tears in my ears as I read this because of the heartache you have had over these few years but also because I’m so bloody proud of you!!! Can’t wait to see more wonderful photos and read more of your journey xx
Couldn’t do it without you, little sis xx
What a inspirational woman your are Sally.. looking forward to reading your future blogs.. stepping into the unknown is a scary thing to do but you have a wonderful husband andy who I’m sure will be with you every step of the way xx
Thanks, Trudy. I’m welling up! And yes, I don’t know what I’d do without Andy. Other than be living off a diet of cheese and biscuits. Lol!