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-A Year Confounded by Stress-

Part I: Loss Aversion My 2020 started at the end of 2019, when my best friend, whom I had known for more than 30 years, betrayed me. Just before Christmas, I lost not only one…

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I am pregnant.

All my life I have said: “I do not want children”. I never felt like “a mother”, and I did not want my children to experience the same grief as I did. One day I…

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Should I keep my baby or not?

After a hard struggle with life itself and the arrival of my first daughter, I had finally made it. I finally went back to study nursing at Zuyd Hogeschool. Despite having difficulty adjusting, everything went…

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Good-bye dad.

For several years throughout my PhD my father had been sick with a number of kidney and heart problems. And if I wanted to or not, it had affected my personal and work life back…

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I love my kids.

A few weeks ago I have discussed with other PhD students the topic “pregnancy during the PhD”. I was devastated, when I heard that one of the PhD students with whom I discussed this told…

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