The Gift of Life is a very open, honest and detailed account of events that the author takes you on with her experience with miscarriages, IVF and infertility. It is in essence, Keily's (the author) diary written over a very tough period in her life, however it does finish with a happy ending. Many people would class conceiving a child a happy and hassle-free part of life, and it can sometimes be taken granted for, but this book highlights how that is not the case for everyone.
At the beginning of the book it has a terminology guide for the abbreviations and meanings that are used throughout - which I had to refer back to quite a few times, so it was very useful to have and I appreciated it was there.
In addition Keily has added a synopsis for the stages of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which helps you better understand the process - especially for people like me that have never heard of it before.
Then there is an illustrative introduction into how they came to the realisation that conceiving a baby was going to be a very challenging time for them. The book then leads you on to her story, the long and tough journey which they went through to finally have a baby and then a second baby. This book takes you through an emotional roller-coaster, which will at the end inspire you. I finished the book feeling I had learnt something, and I went away with a new appreciation for life and my children.
I feel Keily is truly brave for putting this very personal story out there and sharing this with us, if not to educate on the subject through her personal experience but to also give others hope.
This book is a must read, and I am hosting a competition for one lucky person to win a copy of The Gift of Life - please see below to enter, however if you cannot wait and want to order one now, you will find it on Amazon for £7.99
My Hopeful Journey http://myhopefuljourney.com/the-gift-of-life-book-intro I recently received a copy of the book, the Gift of Life from Keily Adey. This book was a very quick read. I could so relate to this book because of my own person journey. This book was written like a journal so I felt like I was right there with her each step of the way. The beginning of the book has a glossory of abbreviations and definitions which would be helpful for anyone that is just starting out on their journey. I loved how she included pictures and highlighted events in her life outside of her infertility story. It really made me feel like I got to know her and her husband a little more. There are some really defining moments in Keily’s journey as she shares the most difficult time in her life. She realized the need to follow her gut instinct and to move in a different direction when things weren’t working out. I really admire her and all the other authors out there that are willing to share the most difficult time in their life to help others that are going through the same pain.
Keily says, ” Each step is a new milestone to get past”.
Infertility Network Review. The Gift of Life is the story of Keily Adey written as she struggled with infertility. It is a quick and easy read with short diary entries and a chatty, informal writing style, perfect to pick up when you have a spare moment. The book begins in April 2008 and covers the four years that follow, charting Keily and her husband Paul’s journey through miscarriage, IVF and natural conception to create their family. Everyone’s infertility story is different, but there are certainly parts of Keilys' that will strike a chord with every reader. Bravely, I think, she has not edited the early diary entries to give her younger self the wisdom of experience, so you hear all her worries about what having twins would do to her figure when she is contemplating whether to use one or two embryos, changing within weeks to the hope that both her embryos have implanted. Keily writes well about the feelings of unfairness tied up with miscarriage and fertility treatments, and the thoughtless comments in strangers’ conversations which touch raw nerves. Anyone who has been through fertility treatment will probably not learn anything new about the technical side of IVF from her story, but it would give someone who wanted to understand infertility, a truly eye-opening picture of what some people have to go through to achieve what others manage easily. And for those who have been there, done that and got the babygros, it is a wistful reminder of what it felt like at the time on the road to achieving their dream. Hannah Lees I N UK and ACeBabes volunteer
I found the book was very factual and very informative and the diaries were very emotional and detailed, although I found some of the language inappropriate e.g. swearing, I didn’t think that was necessary and may upset some people. I understand that miscarriage is a very awful experience to go through as I have experienced it myself, and I think the book will definitely help others. It was a fantastic book to read and I found it hard to put it down, and it proves that anything is possible. I was inspired by the author’s journey and for what her and her husband went through and I am really pleased for them. I liked how the author was blunt, honest and straight to the point. I think it would give others the strength, determination and encouragement to carry on with their fight to have children and not give up. I thought it was easy to read, and it gives you hope and encouragement that all is not lost, and I found it to be a positive experience and a great book to read and would recommend it to others.
Professor Samuel Marcus Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician MB, BcH LRCP, MRCS, DFFP, FRCS, FRCOG
Review of The Gift of Life
I read with interest “The Gift of Life” by Keily Adey. As a senior Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and infertility consultant, I was intrigued by the effect of infertility and miscarriage from a patient perspective. In her book the author used notes from her diary and personal accounts of her life to describe details of her long journey and struggle with infertility. It depicts her determination to achieve a family. She describes the heartache, the physical, psychological and financial stress that she and her husband Paul had endured; through their journey of repeated miscarriage, infertility, IVF treatment and natural conception following IVF. She also speaks candidly and compassionately about her experience when told there was a possibility of giving birth to a child with special needs. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who deal with couples experiencing infertility or recurrent miscarriage.