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Quotes: 'Pick a man and make it work' 'Later the nurse's words returned to me and torrent abated. You did your best. That was worth something. I come slam-bang against the contrariness of fate. My mother had children because she had no option and I didn't have children because I had no option. She wouldn't have chosen to have so many, but loved us all anyway because of the mothering instinct. It makes you someone who cared enough to try. Misery alone does not kill us, although we imagine it can. It's essential to pursue what we want, regardless of the odds stacked against us.

To dare, because at least by daring we have a chance of winning. The only obstacle is our own lack of hope. Don't get upset if it isn't doing what you want it to - that's unimportant. You're what's important.

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Our love for each other is what's important'. The Hollow Heart by Martina Devlin is non-fiction book in which the author walks us through the details of her 3 unsuccessful IVF in-vitro fertilization treatments, the 9 embryos that she lost, and a destroyed marriage that resulted from this. This physical and emotional battle leaves her feeling broken and shallow, but eventually she finds her hap The Hollow Heart by Martina Devlin is non-fiction book in which the author walks us through the details of her 3 unsuccessful IVF in-vitro fertilization treatments, the 9 embryos that she lost, and a destroyed marriage that resulted from this.

This gives her a reason to keep on going, although the pain and disappointment of not being able to be a mother will always be a constant part of her life. It is probably the best non-fiction book that I read so far and I recommend it to everyone.

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Nov 18, Kristen McBee rated it it was amazing Shelves: prose. I picked this up in a used book store during a trip to Ireland. I also picked up Devlin's novel "Ship of Dreams" that is set on thw Titanic, and I'm looking forward to reading it. Devlin does a great job of relaying the raw emotion she felt during her unsuccessful journey to become a mother.

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In the end, she learns the hard way, as we all must do, that not everything is in our control. Life is about accepting that and then figuring out how to navigate through unco I picked this up in a used book store during a trip to Ireland. Life is about accepting that and then figuring out how to navigate through uncontrollable things. Apr 18, Polly Jirkovsky added it. I cried my flipping eyes out reading this memoir. An Irish woman has always wanted kids but focuses on her career in her twenties. She gets married at thirty, the main thing they seem to have in common is their desire to start a family.

Devlin details the heartbreaking road of infertility diagnosis, IVF treatment and multiple miscarriages, along with the stress that ends her marriage. This story is remarkable in its commonality, yet for me it put some real details and wrenching emotion into a st I cried my flipping eyes out reading this memoir. This story is remarkable in its commonality, yet for me it put some real details and wrenching emotion into a story that I've only heard at a distance. Hugged my kids extra tight after finishing. Nov 06, Trish at Between My Lines added it.

I read this book a few years ago and identified fully with it.

Yes the author was obsessive but that hunger for a family just takes over your life. The tone is authentic, raw and nails the emotional intensity of anyone going through an infertility journey. Jul 17, Jenne Smith rated it liked it.


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An interesting book, I found it quite scary at how obssessed women can get about having a baby. Her writing was so real and I felt genuine sorrow for what she went through. Was a very interesting topic and such an eye opener into a very different world. Sep 11, Fionnuala M rated it really liked it.

The autobiographival account of Martina Devlin's struggle with infertility full of medical facts and dealing with the emotional rollercoaster that is IVF.

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Matthew Klumper rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Clare Perry rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Sara McNamara rated it liked it Apr 09, Diana rated it it was ok Oct 08, Char Dignan rated it liked it Apr 03, Tasmin Betty rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Ciara rated it liked it Jul 30, Mrs rated it it was ok Dec 15, Clodagh rated it really liked it Aug 10, Grainne rated it really liked it Jan 10, Karen A rated it really liked it Apr 21, Jan 30, Bernadette added it. Stunning story. I still remember various details of the story though its been a few years since I read this book.

Maevis rated it liked it Nov 18, In three attempts at in-vitro fertilization Martina Devlin lost nine embryos. Or nine 'maybe babies' as she thought of them. But she also lost her marriage and her dreams of being a mother.

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The Hollow Heart is the story of Martina's journey from early bewilderment at being diagnosed as infertile, through the traumatic and demanding process of IVF, to the shattering fall-out when it failed. And she realized that not only would she never have children, but that somewhere along the way her relationship with her husband had been damaged beyond repair.

But Martina also describes how her despair eventually faded. How she made a new life for herself. And how she learned to take pleasure in her extended family of nieces and nephews. Most of all, The Hollow Heart is the story of a woman learning to do as her mother always advised - to count her blessings.


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