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Authors Podcast - Episode 12 - Yvonne John

December 2, 2017

Dreaming of the life Unlived: Intimate stories and portraits of women without children

Yvonne John

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About Yvonne

Yvonne was never sure if she really wanted children but knew that she was expected to get married and have a family, in that order. Somewhere in between her dreams of travelling and experiencing what life had to offer Yvonne did wish for the perfect family, a husband and four children. By the time she had reached her thirties this dream had fast lost its momentum, and when she had reached her mid-thirties Yvonne had given up on the dream of being a wife and mother. Because of her past Yvonne had decided that it was now time to live by her choices. Yvonne believed that the opportunity to become a mother had passed so it was time to move on. It wasn't until Yvonne met her husband at 38 her faith in love was reignited. A year into their marriage Yvonne and her husband decided to try for a baby, which led to the unexpected sadness that was to follow when Yvonne was informed that she had 'Unexplained Infertility'. While trying to understand her grief Yvonne was introduced to Gateway Women, where she is now on my journey of forgiveness and renewed self-discovery.

About Dreaming of a Life Unlived

Statistics show that one in five women in the UK have turned 45 without having children. Dreaming of the Life Unlived is a collection of stories and portraits of women who are childless by circumstance – women who are coming to terms with their grief and moving towards finding fulfilling lives without children.

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