A recent post on Nutsrok, one of my favourite blogs, reminded me of a story about what I call the straw that broke the camel’s back….
Years ago my 20 month old son had a bad cough that he could not seem to shake, so I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor checked my son out, then told me to take him to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for further testing because he suspected asthma. I promptly burst into tears in front of the doctor, his receptionist, my son and a full waiting room.
I’m sure they all thought I was crazy, not to mention an unfit mother. What they didn’t know was that two days earlier I had suffered a second miscarriage, to add to the three stillbirths in my pregnancy history…
I have since written a book about my pregnancy woes entitled G9P3A3
Introduction to G9P3A3
I grew up in a large family, the youngest girl and second youngest of six children, with two sisters and three brothers. Despite that, or perhaps because of that, I have always wanted to have a large family myself.
My husband, on the other hand, grew up with just one sister, so he was more skeptical of the prospect of a large family. Of course a large family today is probably only equivalent to half the size of a large family back then.
My ultimate goal was to have my children before the age of 30, so I could be a young mother and grandmother. After 3 and a half years of marriage, I stopped using birth control so we could start a family.
It didn’t take long for me to get pregnant, but it took determination and perseverance throughout nine pregnancies within the next ten years to create our family.
I can write this story ( G9P3A3) now with humor, candor, wisdom, and hindsight, all things I did not have much of at the time. Hopefully, my story will provide inspiration and comfort to others that have or are going through the frustration and heartbreak of losing a child during pregnancy.
I started writing this book many years ago the first time I was pregnant. My doctor urged me to record my thoughts in a journal when the first pregnancy ended in stillbirth. Years, many pregnancies, and much more gray hair later, I came across the journal while cleaning one day and decided to transfer the thoughts to my computer. Just recently, at the urging of a friend who happens to be a new author, I checked out createspace, a website designed to help people publish books.
Createspace was very easy to use, and cost me nothing. You can choose to pay for upgraded details (covers, editing help etc) but the basic, free version is what I used. They create and promote the book and only print what is purchased online as they are purchased. You decide the price you want to charge and then receive a royalty for each book sold, they keep the rest for the cost of creating, promoting, shipping etc.
Before I knew it, I was published…please check it out:
If you are thinking of writing a book, but are concerned about sinking money you may not retrieve into the project, Createspace is the site for you. Visit http://www.createspace.com and get started today, you have nothing to lose!