A former perfoming arts teacher, known to many in the local area, has set about publishing a book documenting the loss of her daughter and her journey through IVF to have another chid.
Carolyn Mayling, who taught at Redroffs School for the Performing Arts, which has catered to the likes of Kate Winslet and Dani Harmer, documents her life in a debut memoir being released next month.
‘The Future is Rosie’ will explore a mothers heartbreak of losing a child, and how she and her family dealt with unimaginable loss and learned to live again.
Written by Carolyn Mayling and published by Alliance Publishing Press, the synopsis of the book reads:
Carolyn was married with two daughters and teaching at Redroofs in Maidenhead when her daughter Rosie, aged 11, suddenly developed vasculitis; a rare auto-immune disease.
Rosie spent several months undergoing tests, scans and operations in hospital whilst her family struggled with a complete lack of support for parents in their situation.
Carolyn’s description of Rosie’s final dash to the hospital just a few days after being discharged is the stuff of nightmares.
Rosie’s tragic death compelled Carolyn to set up Rosie’s Rainbow Fund in her memory, honouring Rosie’s wish to help other sick children.
The charity has successfully raised over £2million, bringing music therapy to thousands of sick children, care for parents with hospitalised children and ongoing support for bereaved parents.
Carolyn turned to spirituality; feeling that Rosie was sending her messages and guiding her through her grief.
After receiving predictions of having another child, Carolyn and her husband embarked upon a gruelling five-year programme of fertility treatment.
Carolyn describes in intimate detail all the procedures, medication and disappointment that she experienced.
Finally, at 54 years of age, and with a donor egg, Carolyn gave birth to her son Dominic through IVF in 2008.
After a painful divorce, Carolyn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and had to undergo a mastectomy.
She chronicles the harrowing regime of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as the inspiring medical staff and patients who helped her through.
Carolyn now hopes that her moving debut memoir will reassure and inspire others facing immeasurable grief and trauma.
The book will be launched at Waterstones Windsor on January 29 and will be available for wider purchase on Febraury 1.