A Picture Worth A Thousand Tears

Because that’s what this picture cost.

Hundreds of thousands of rands.

2x Surgeries

7 First trimester miscarriages.

Countless chemical pregnancies.

Estimated 10 x timed & stimulated cycles.

3 x IUI’s.

4x Fresh IVF’s.

1x Frozen Embryo Transfer

Hundreds of blood tests.

A thousand needle pricks.

+/- 30kg’s.

Lost & gained friendships.

2x hearts that have been broken & mended & broken again.

Faith lost & faith regained.

The sting of a thousand well-meaning comments about relaxing & not thinking about it.

A mouth lined by trauma.

A brow furrowed by worry & angst.

A jaw knotted from years of clenching.

A soul of bravery.

The spirit of a fighter.

And liters and liters of tears.

And in the end it was worth every corny motivational statement that kept me going.

In the end, it wasn’t easy but it was oh so worth it.

It was worth every moment of discomfort & every ounce of pain and when I held this in my hand yesterday I knew that indeed everything would be alright in the end.

Mother: Sharon Anne van Wyk


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  • Reply karinneedhambritz

    So happy for you.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Christelle

    You made me cry!!

    So very very very (continue) happy for you!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Julia

    Beautiful, beautiful post. Definitely a picture so worth a thousand tears.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:15 am
  • Reply hanneke001

    Oh congratulations a million times over !!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am
  • Reply natasjap

    So happy for you! I love that piece of paper. Sometimes I take it from the file to just see that I am really “their mother” in black and white. I reckon you will look at that paper ever so often just to have the confirmation again that she is yours! Congrats again, I hope you get a second paper soon!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Bratty

    Wow….what a beautiful picture…Big congrats

    June 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Sweets

    Wow! BIG BIG congrats!!

    (now apply for that unabridged one for W…. :))

    June 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply waiting4amiracle

    Lovely!!! Just lovely!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply darylfaure


    June 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Pandora

    You made me cry too! I had the same reaction when I got mine, I wanted to kiss the very shortsighted lady at home affairs wen she told me it was there! Congratulations.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Theresa

    That is amazing!! Congratulations!

    June 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Kimmie

    Balm for a battered, bruised and weary heart hey!!


    June 9, 2011 at 1:30 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    *goosebumps* and damp eyes. Crikey. How glorious that must feel.
    CONGRATS!! xxxxx

    June 9, 2011 at 6:22 am
  • Reply Laura

    how awesome!!!!!! Congrats 🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Karen

    So, so happy for you, Sharon. SOOO happy.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:30 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    I am in tears. So proud of you Sharon !!

    June 9, 2011 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Lesley

    Congrats (now official) Mom!

    June 9, 2011 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Elize

    So so so SO happy for you! Congratulations!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Marcia (123blog)


    Congrats 🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply shirl

    Thats magic Sharon!!!

    June 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    Wow! There it is in black and white.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Scared & Imperfect Mother


    June 14, 2011 at 10:56 am
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