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Since we're all feeling nostalgic as we head toward the end of the era that is EB, I would love to read your stories and what the forums have meant to you. 

I myself joined in 2004 not long after I found out I was pregnant. I have PCOS and was expecting it to be a challenge, so I was shocked when it happened right away. I joined my first DIG. 

Then I went on to miscarry and my body decided it didn't want to rejoin the party, so after several months of nothing I ended up seeing a specialist who put me on Clomid. After two cycles I fell pregnant again, but it didn't stick. I joined the TTC after Miscarriage forum and AC and spent the next 2.5 years living in there while I went through OI cycles and loss after loss. Twelve in total. I met some of my closest friends on this forum and having the support it offered me kept me sane. Knowing there were people out there who understood what it was like to go through cycle after cycle. Loss after loss. And then I got to share the birth of my son in 2007, when I finally got one to stick! And then my daughter in 2009 and my last baby in 2013. It's been some ride. 

I was proud to become a moderator in 2006 and have loved being part of this community for so long. 

So tell me your story? 

 

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Pink opal

I haven’t posted much,  but EB has made me feel supported and connected during a difficult TTC journey as well. A surprising diagnosis which effected my fertility, 5 cycles of IVF, 1 miscarriage, a difficult and very anxious pregnancy and I know have my precious 12 week old. Reading about others going through similar experiences, particularly by the wonderful women in the ready set go threads,  kept me sane and made me feel connected, while the non-TTC threads have also kept me entertained and taught me new things. 

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Sandra

I joined in April 2002, when my youngest was diagnosed with kidney reflux. I did a search on it, and the search took me to EB. I became a Mod not long after, then was Admin not too long after that, the good ole days of D & K ... 

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PurpleinOz

I joined back in 2006 after lurking for a few years before that to.  My friend encouraged me to sign up when someone was 'rong' on then nternetz. :lol:

Met some wonderful people. Read stories that made me cheer out loud and others that made me worry myself silly about someone. 

Joined with a wonderful bunch of humans in the Mod team, and then the cheers and worry multiplied.  😊

To so many people this forum was/is a home. A place of meeting of the minds. A place to give and receive support. And a place to rofl at some of the posts and conversations.  

Its certainly the end of an era and the timing just sucks.

 

Good luck and all the best to everyone 

Much love JB xx

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Squeekums The Elf

An old friend told me about for the home and away spoilers over a decade ago

About a year or so later i found out i was 27 weeks pregnant so hung about 

its where i vent, celebrate, commiserate. Will be sad day when it closes

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BadCat

I don't remember when I joined.  It was a different account.  I was known as 2Blondies and the forums were teal.  I lost the logon in a forum update and started again.  No big deal.  I wasn't very prolific prior to finding my inner BadCat.

You folks have been with me through divorce, Mr Fluffy, kid troubles galore, and most recently, through a traumatic accident I was witness to.

You've been my home online for a long time. And I look forward to seeing you all over on the new forum at everybump.com.au/

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Chelli

I joined the forums in 2001 when I was newly married and we were TTC #2. I joined the mod team in December of that year and became an Admin when Fairfax purchased EB. This forum has seen me through secondary infertility, the eventual birth of DD2, her failure to thrive including members meeting me at the Royal Children's Hospital in Victoria to give support, the surprise arrival of DD3 and the loss of DD4. There are probably some members who know more about me than my family does - this place has really been an extended family. It's been the holder of memories, the keeper of secrets, the support in the middle of the night when I was grieving and couldn't sleep, the someone to talk to when my niece underwent life saving surgery, the provider of knowledge for whatever I wanted to know, the inspiration on days when I was feeling flat, and the reassurance of humanity when it looks like the world has lost its mind. 

I will miss this place terribly. 

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Lucrezia Bauble

what’s the line that does the rounds “came for the parenting advice, stayed for the feminism”! 

i lurked when i was pregnant with my first - circa 2006 but didn’t go beyond the DIG - i joined in properly when i was TTC #2 and suffered secondary infertility - i stayed throughout the early newborn stages - as the former EB editor wrote, when breastfeeding late at night, it was nice to be in touch with other mums doing the same, I didn’t feel so lonely. 

since then, i have enjoyed so many aspects - politics - the tumultuous Abbot/Gillard years, US elections, the threads on various health related topics - there are so many knowledgeable women here, loved the parenting topics, loved the feminism. even loved the threads on religion, although they got feisty. love the fluff threads, the christmas threads.

i will miss it.

 

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Mishu

I joined in 2004, after I was just married and starting to think about having a baby. This place has seen me through a miscarriage, pregnancy, finding out my husband had a gambling problem & was cheating on me, divorce, single parenthood, losing family members, losing beloved pets, picking myself back up and building a great new life.  

I'm also someone who reads more than posts but I'm realising just how much EB has been part of my life. It was also the place I felt safe enough to admit, for the first time in my life, the abuse that happened to me when I was a child. That was a huge moment for me. This virtual community has been a very real part of my life. I'm very sorry to see it end but I'm glad we have somewhere else to go. I like the thought of being a part of a new community from the beginning.

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Froyo

It was the place I joined when excited about TTC, depended on  during the many devastating years that followed and stayed with after surviving it all.  My life has changed completely in those years. My IVF thread is like a time capsule.

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Ducky*Fuzz

My sister ~mimo~ originally told me about EB, so I joined with we were both pregnant. We had a lot of fun here at the time.

 

She passed away in 2012. I'd love to hear from someone to see if they can download all her stuff so I can save it for her kids. @Sandra @Nut @Chelli

 

Would be nice to find an easy way to download mine too. If anyone has any tips I'd love to hear them!

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hmmph

I googled some like 'pain in the a*se mother in law' in 2011 as and stayed for the lefty feminism. Will really, really miss this place.

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Chelli
Just now, Ducky*Fuzz said:

My sister ~mimo~ originally told me about EB, so I joined with we were both pregnant. We had a lot of fun here at the time.

 

She passed away in 2012. I'd love to hear from someone to see if they can download all her stuff so I can save it for her kids. @Sandra @Nut @Chelli

 

Would be nice to find an easy way to download mine too. If anyone has any tips I'd love to hear them!

Sandra has asked IT if there is an easy way to download information from here. At the moment we only have the copy and paste option.

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Ducky*Fuzz

OMG there were some amazing threads about this! I remember one was such a nightmare!

 

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Ducky*Fuzz
Just now, Chelli said:

Sandra has asked IT if there is an easy way to download information from here. At the moment we only have the copy and paste option.

Thanks. I appreciate this. I thought this could be done a few years ago and I asked at the time. I never got a reply though

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SFA

I joined about 10 years ago trying to find info about a midday movie I'd seen (mothers all sit at home watching midday movies right???) but then came back when pregnant with DD. I feel like so many of my early struggles with a newborn were supported by EB. 

Since then, EB has supported me through my relationship ending with my DDs father AND more recently my 6 year relationship. But probably the biggest, most important, thing that's happened while I've been on EB was going through court with my mother trying to gain access to DD. Having EB there through that was a lifesaver. I would not be living the life I am now if it wasn't for everyone here. Gosh, now I'm crying.

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steppy

I joined when I saw a stepparent getting a right pasting for some  ridiculous, petty reason and for a long time I only posted when that was occurring. Not as often as you'd think for a parenting forum. Stayed for the feminism and the other discussions. I've learned a lot from a lot of posters over the years and I honestly can't believe they're destroying a really quite large and strong community. I hated this forum when I joined. How things change. I am very sad to see it go. I love checking out what some of the regular posters here have to say about this thing or that thing, or just reading about people's lives and how they handle their difficulties and triumphs. 

Just checked my join date-2003! Long time. A lot to say goodbye to. I will join the new forum but not as steppy. The part of my life where I defined myself as a stepparent is long over. 

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Hands Up

I joined in 2012 thinking I’d be pregnant in 2 seconds flat but it took two years and ten rounds of fertility treatment. The TTC threads kept me sane.

In my DIG we’re @Holidayromp @Lunafreya @rosie28 and many others who are all still here.

My second DIG never really gained traction but by then I’d discovered the broader forums.

EB has helped us so many times as our first child has had many health issues and some mild development delays.

Its also changed the way I vote. I am now much more left leaning. I rely on the intelligent women of EB to help my dissect the issues that matter and I love some of the what do you think craziness.

Im going to miss this place.

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Freddie'sMum

I joined in 2004 - always had the same UN - after Freddie our cat (when DH and I moved to Aussie he came with us !).  EB has seen me through 2 x pregnancies, 2 x births, issues with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, parenting screaming babies / toddlers, FYOS, when my Dad died, moving houses, losing jobs, bullying bosses, sexual harrassment at work, money / budget worries (never ending) when my FIL died, and a recurring  eating disorders that sank it's fangs into DD#2  (when she was all of 10 years old :( - I feel SO much guilt about that particular issue, changing schools, and just plain LIFE.  

I am going to miss EB / EK terribly and I think it's a rotten decision by 9.  I've seen snippets of 9 Honey (even the name makes me want to vomit) and it ain't for me.

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Kallie88

I joined about 6 years ago, 1 year into my 2 year ttc journey when they said i'd need ivf. It was a lifesaver to talk to other women going through similar struggles and so lovely watching people get their bfp's and move on to the dig's. Life sure changed for me in the next 6 years, popping out 4 kids haha. Definitely stayed for the discussion forums, so many intelligent, compassionate people here, i've certainly grown as a person and a mother thanks to everyone here

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Lifesgood

EB is my lifeboat. It keeps me afloat. 😢

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TheGreenSheep

I joined EB when PG with #2. I’d already passed all the infertility, IVF and loss, and only found my way here through google. Joined an amazing bunch of women in my DIG and we moved our DIG to a Facebook group. They have held my virtual hand through some of the most difficult times in my life. Whilst I share some details of my life, I’ve kept a lot off the boards. This place has been a home away from home when I needed not to deal with the hardships of life. I’ve made some amazing friends, even my DH has mates from here. It’s sad to see it slammed close so quickly, so surgically. 
 

So I guess I came for the baby and stayed for the entertainment, distraction, recipes, tv shows, fun and ridiculousness 

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Chic'N'Stu

I started lurking when tossing up whether to have kids - it was so impressive to see the raw honesty from people in all situations and walks of life and it gave me more confidence to make my own decision.

 

One thing I really love (sorry, loveD) about this community is the general standard of discourse. Even now after a particularly trying witching hour I'll lazily google something like 'toddler ate raw bacon' and find levelheaded, balanced discussion from EB while many other parenting forums are full of panicked squawking, poor literacy and zero citations. A lot of it is quite grating to read so the quality posting here is something I've always appreciated.

 

I was motivated to finally join up after reading a political thread utterly dunking on Joe Hockey and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad budget. My people.

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chillipeppers

I went onto be when I was manic and didn’t know it. It was under a different username/account. I don’t even remember it because of the state I was in. I remember p*ssing a lot of people off and was eventually removed from the forum. I went downhill in real life, was admitted to hospital and scheduled. I mostly came back because I enjoyed the tv show threads. I will miss them.

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SFA
45 minutes ago, SFA said:

I joined about 10 years ago trying to find info about a midday movie I'd seen (mothers all sit at home watching midday movies right???) but then came back when pregnant with DD. I feel like so many of my early struggles with a newborn were supported by EB. 

Since then, EB has supported me through my relationship ending with my DDs father AND more recently my 6 year relationship. But probably the biggest, most important, thing that's happened while I've been on EB was going through court with my mother trying to gain access to DD. Having EB there through that was a lifesaver. I would not be living the life I am now if it wasn't for everyone here. Gosh, now I'm crying.

I just checked, it would have been my 10 year anniversary in February next year 😭

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