"Sarah’s Story" is an inspirational narrative about self-discovery and transformation. It’s a powerful story of love, life and resilience that leads the reader from the innocence of naivety through the emotional turmoil of unexpected despair and then emerges out the other side as it skilfully illuminates human potential to triumph over adversity.
It depicts one woman’s journey before, during and most importantly after infertility by sensitively giving a heartfelt account of the reality and the emotional rollercoaster that is “IVF”, but it is much more than that. The story serves as a metaphor that shines a light of hope that will leave you feeling empowered by the ability we possess to bring ourselves back from the depths of despair as it provides a compelling insight into a person’s capacity to turn their life around finding hope, meaning and inspiration where none previously existed.
Sarah Johnston grew up in a large Catholic family in bayside Melbourne during the 70’s and 80’s. Home life was constantly filled with siblings, cousins and extended family, and these were the days that forged Sarah’s beliefs and values. She too would one day be a wonderful mother, just like her own.
Life sometimes does not go as planned however and eventually Sarah is forced to face the unthinkable. The reader gets a front row seat as they accompany Sarah and Matt through the highs and lows of the Infertility experience gaining insight along the way as to the far reaching impact and implications of this issue on Family, friends and work colleagues alike as Sarah and Matt attempt to navigate the highly personal and often embarrassing moments along the way. Sarah soon finds herself faced with having to endure something that goes against her every instinct and the subsequent consequences from this experience see’s Sarah’s world disintegrate into something unrecognisable.
The reader then follows Sarah as she embarks on a sometimes painful, often raw experience of personal discovery and spiritual growth as she begins to understand that life has so much more to offer her and being a Mother is more than just genetics and giving birth. Families can be forged in the most unlikely of places.
This story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but it is a must read for anyone who has been on, or supported someone on this journey.
Listen to an interview with Danielle Aitken on 3mFM Radio about Sarah's Story