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Alice Eve Cohen, pregnant at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, March 26, 2018 | 0 comments

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Told at age 30 she was infertile, Alice Eve Cohen became pregnant at 44 years old.

But her pregnancy was misdiagnosed by doctors as everything from menopause to a possible cancerous tumor.

Finally an emergency CAT scan revealed she was six months pregnant.

In the ensuing days, various disastrous outcomes were forecast for her baby if she went ahead with the pregnancy.

On Dec. 13, 1999, Eliana (her name is Hebrew for My God has answered me) was born.

I feel passionately pro-choice, she added. Having that choice, at that terrible, pivotal moment, paved the way for a beautiful choice. I no longer felt like a prisoner; I could accept the uncertainties of what lay ahead.

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Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society.

Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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