Hi, I’m Amber.
When my husband, Terry, was diagnosed with kidney failure, I quit my job and started a blog: because life’s just too short not to follow your dreams, and I had apparently always dreamt of getting paid to write about my life on the internet*. I even wrote a book about it.
Over a decade later, that blog now mostly documents my adventures as mum to one-year-old Max, who was born by elective c-section in December 2017, after one miscarriage, one ectopic pregnancy, and a lifetime’s worth of health anxiety and tokophobia. I wrote a pregnancy diary for (almost) every week of my pregnancy, and my parenting posts cover my journey so far, as well as providing some honest advice for first-time parents.
I’ve been described as a fashion blogger, a mummy blogger, a lifestyle blogger, and “a total drama queen,” (That was my husband, btw…). Mostly, though, I’m a storyteller – and this is where I tell my stories. Want to read some?
(*Well, that and growing up to be a showjumping detective, obviously. We all dream of that, though, don’t we?)
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On December 15, 2003, Terry and I got engaged on the banks of the Grand Canyon, while holidaying in Las Vegas.
Two weeks later, on boxing day of that year, Terry was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, and told that, without immediate treatment, he had just two weeks to live.
It wasn’t the best Christmas we’ve ever had, all things considered.
Unable to continue with the day job, Terry started a web design business from his dialysis chair. As for me, meanwhile… well, I quit my job and started a lifestyle blog. This is it.
Terry finally had his transplant on December 15th, 2005 – two years to the day we got engaged – receiving a kidney from his brother, John, also known as “Our Hero”.
And me? I kept on blogging – the only difference being that, these days, my blog is read by over 70,000 people per month. Trippy, no? I told the story of how Terry’s transplant inspired us to take control of our lives by starting our own business in my book, which also contains some of my best tips on blogging for a living. Here’s some more of the story:
Now in its 12th year online, Forever Amber is currently ranked as one of the Top 10 Women´s Lifestyle Blogs in the UK (Vuelio) and is currently # 1 in the HIBS100 blog ranking, as well as being ranked the top Baby & Pregnancy blog in the UK.
The site attracts over 70,000 unique visitors and 160,000 pageviews per month, and has a social reach of over 500,000.