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New Support Group in Canterbury

Postby Lorraine » Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:22 pm

Hello Girls.<br><br>I have mentioned before that I had joined a support group in Canterbury which I have found to be both useful and welcoming so thought I would share it with you in case it appealed to anyone else. <br><br>The East Kent Fertility Support Group has only just started up - we have met twice now - and a Sara Turner and Caroline Barnes run it. There was a piece in the local Kentish Gazette (Sept 25th) - I didn't see it but thankfully a friend sent it to me. (Thank you CR!)<br><br>Both Sara and Caroline have personal experiences of infertility so understand the issues and the consequences it has upon our lives.<br><br>Their aim is to 'create a circle of women who can draw strength and support from each other and to use women's unique energy to explore alternative pathways to healing and balance, whether or not a baby is conceived'.<br><br>Until this group meeting I had never actually met another woman who was involuntarily childless - for me the experience was incredibly powerful - sitting in a room with other "sufferers" - their pain was audible - but for the first time I felt like I was in a place where people really understood me and my misery!!! Considering I never ACTUALLY spoke I think that's pretty mind blowing!!! But it was enough for me to just sit there! <br><br>Sara and Caroline pretty much let the group lead - but they do try to shape the meeting so it has some structure - last time we talked about some of the mechanisms we use to make ourselves feel better - I found it very insightful.<br><br>I really do think that I have found a warm and comforting place to be, and perhaps more importantly a safe place to discuss the isolation, sadness, poor self image, negative impact upon relationships and FEAR that childlessness can generate. <br><br>On behalf of the group I extend a welcome to those of you who live close by. For more information please contact - <br>Sara on sara_turner@msn.com or Caroline on Caroline.barnes@hemscott.net <br><br>The group meets again on DECEMBER 10th at THE RED CROSS HALL CHANCERY LANE CANTERBURY 7.30-9.00pm.<br><br>With love and best wishes<br>From<br>Lorraine<br>xxxxxxx<br>
Married to my darling husband for almost 8 years - ttc for same.
Me - severe PCOS & Hubby - low sperm/poor morphology/antibodies.
Usual investigations/drug Tx then 3 IVF cycles - all negative.
Have chosen not to have any further Tx.
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New Support Group in Canterbury

Postby caz1 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 5:30 pm

Hi babe - havent caught up for a while - hows tricks?<br>Cazx
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