Have just come back from Olympia and setting up our stand for the Fertility Show. Felt a real chump as I had managed to leave behind our pull-up banner but as Walter is going down first thing in the morning he can remedy this. As I have written in a previous post, I have mixed feelings about this show. Its commercial razmatazz feels very wrong. This is to do with creating members of the human family, intimate relationships and the well-being of men, women and especially children. Rubber sperm, novelty pencils and financial deals should not belong in this world, but on the other hand where else can couples and individuals hungry for information, find many leading experts in all aspects of assisted family making under one roof. We hope, as usual to provide a haven from the hard sell at our modest little stand at the back. Do come and see us if you are there.
Apparently 98 people have so far signed up to hear me and Zannah speak on Saturday. For most, it will be the first time they have had the opportunity to meet, hear and question a donor conceived person. We met yesterday to plan our double act. Zan is great at this sort of thing and it will be fun. Like her mum she quite likes to be the centre of attention and is not shy about saying what she thinks. Any non-tellers in the audience will get short shrift from her!
It is also fun to catch up with counsellors, nurses and other clinic staff I have come to know over the years and those who run other educational and support charities in the fertility field. Oh, and helping a few people think about donor conception as well! So despite my misgivings I suppose I am probably looking forward to Saturday…although glad I’m taking tomorrow off.