Me: I call myself Catwoman73- because I love cats, and I was born in 1973.  Original, right?  So, if you can do the math, you could probably figure out that I am 43 years old.  I am a respiratory therapist by day (and night, and weekends, and holidays…), and a wife and mother of one beautiful daughter in the time that remains. I love to cook, read, write (No kidding!), and keep fit.  And I LOVE to save money!  It has become a bit of an obsession, really.

Hubby: 49 years old,  letter carrier for Canada Post by day, musician by night, love of my life all the time. The most compassionate man in the world.

Our Daughter: A, age 6. The most charming, sweet girl ever born. She’s my proof that good things do sometimes happen.

Ten Other Facts About Me:

1) My daughter had a very large stroke two days after birth. It was a dark and scary time in our lives. I’m pleased to say, though, that she has made a full recovery. At least as far as we know. Like I said… proof that good things do happen.

2) I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I wasn’t sure what to do when I graduated, so I went on to become a respiratory therapist. I don’t like my job, and have fantasies about winning the lottery and quitting. It’s gonna happen… I swear…

3) I love cats. All animals, really, but cats especially. I had three at one time, and they have all passed away.  We presently have a cat named Luna, much to Hubby’s dismay, as he just doesn’t love animals in the same way the wee woman and I do.  I think he secretly loves her, though.

4) I love the outdoors- camping, hiking, canoeing… anything that takes me away from the stress of living in close quarters with other people. These activities make me feel peaceful, free and content, but I have not engaged in any of them in many years. I’m hoping to change that soon.

5) I want to travel. I don’t mean week-long trips to all-inclusive resorts- I mean real adventure travel. I went backpacking in Peru a few years back- that was the trip that gave me the bug. All I need now is time and money. This is where the whole notion of ‘winning the lottery’ pops up again…

6) A little while ago, a list of 239 movies was going around on Facebook- apparently, if you had seen over 85 of these movies, you have no life. I had seen 196 of them. I love movies. I could do without television (except for maybe The Walking Dead), but I’d lose my mind if I couldn’t watch movies.  And apparently, I have no life.

7)  I am an only child.  I always felt like I missed out on something by not having a sibling, and this is why I was so determined to provide my daughter with one.

8)  Some of my dearest friends are women that I’ve met through the online infertility community.  Sometimes, good things come from bad situations.

9)  I have a very sarcastic sense of humour.  This may find its way into a few of my posts.  Please don’t be offended.

10)  I have absolutely no tolerance for people who are judgemental, rude, or disrespectful.  This is why I kindly request that if you care to comment on a post, please be polite.  You don’t have to agree with me, but be mindful of the words you choose.  There’s a nice way to say pretty much anything.

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  1. Hey Pam

    Great to come across your blog. I’m Monnie. Nearly 44. Australian. We also have the 2:1 combo. Our son is 7. Took 3 years to conceive him. After finally having ‘a good thing happen’, I thought our time in infertility land was over…but alas. We returned and never left. Years and rounds of IVF were finally ceased when we felt we needed to ‘move on’ and accept the wonder of 1. That was about 3 years ago now. I’m still on the road to acceptance but feels like slowly, I’m getting there. Hard to do in an environment where ‘only children’ are surrounded by myths and stigmatisation (it’s a somewhat unusual thing in Australia to be an only child…we are the land of 2.5 children). We had a massive scare with our son a year ago…thought he was having a stroke. He temporarily lost his speech and movement down one side of his body. Was rushed to hospital and was found to have prolonged seizures and was later diagnosed with Epilepsy. Thankfully his seizures are controlled with medication, but the anxiety always sits just under the surface. Anywya…looking forward to reading more of your blog. Cheers.

  2. I found your blog while looking for comfort relating to my secondary infertility. Our similarities are eerie in some ways. Had our first daughter at age 30, without “trying”. Almost lost her after a long labor, just minutes after my epidural was administered, her heart rate plummeted and we got her out in the nick of time. We’ve been trying for a while now for number 2 and I have had 4 miscarriages (seemed so similar to your experiences) I also have the Prothrombin Gene Mutation (like your husband). My daughter is three and she is amazing: funny, happy, bright and caring. But it hurts to know my journey may be over, even with all the best doctors out there. I am a runner, but pretty much gave it up in the last year and need to get back and racing.Thanks for putting your story out there…it provides a lot of comfort and is nice to know I’m not alone.

  3. Hello,
    Nice to know another CatWoman from another place 😛
    I enjoyed reading about you, you are an inspirational person 🙂
    Go ahead, I wish you a happy healthy amazing life *
    ME=Middle East 😉

  4. I stumbled across your blog whilst googling ‘grief’ I see your wee girl had a stroke.. I just wanted to share with you that my son had a stroke when he was 20 Weeks old and is now a big strapping 21 year old with no lasting affects – maybe slight attention span problem, could be just typical man thing

    • That’s wonderful to hear, Angela! Kids have an incredible ability to bounce back. It’s always nice to hear success stories.

  5. So glad that Amelia recovered completely. How terrifying!

    I SO want to adventure travel as well. I went to cool places in high school and college – Brazil, Nepal, Thailand, Israel, etc – but always with student groups so we had no freedom. I can’t wait to be able to revisit those places with my husband.

    • Thank you, Em! She’s an amazing kid (not that I’m biased or anything!).
      I’m so jealous of your travels- even if they were with school groups… hopefully you get the opportunity to return and do it the way you would like!

  6. Hey there! Just wanted to pop over and check out your blog… that story of your daughter’s stroke is terrifying, but makes it all the more amazing that she’s alive and healthy today, still in your arms. I have a friend who’s brother has dealt with severe epilepsy all his life and it’s both heartbreaking how he’s been affected by it but also inspiring how he’s managed to do so much in spite of it.

    Can’t wait to keep reading. 🙂

    • Thank you YeahScience! I’ve been following you for a while- congrats on your pregnancy! And I’m a Breaking Bad fan as well… 😉

  7. pleased to make your acquaintance! i found you through ICLW, and i enjoyed reading about you and your family. i love the name Amelia, and your little girl is adorable. like you, i’m a cat lover…i’ve had them my whole life and my partner and i are currently mamas to two lovely little furbabies. i hope you can convince your DH to let you get one. i also love movies and *good* television (have you checked out Six Feet Under and Breaking Bad?), and i have an incurable case of travelitis. i can completely understand how trekking in Peru could hook someone.

    i know you’ve been going through a rough time lately, but i hope that the sunshine and all the fresh green of spring will bring you some comfort. warmth to you from sunny Paris.

    • So pleased to meet you! I did watch Six Feet Under faithfully, and hubby and I are way behind on Breaking Bad (only on Season 2, episode 6 right now), but we are loving it so far!

      Thank you for the well-wishes… the nice, spring weather definitely does help! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Cassy! Nice to hear from you! I’ll be stalking your blog as well… I hope you and your little girl are doing well!

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