Hi, I’m Amber.
I’m a journalist-turned blogger who’s currently battling severe health anxiety in order to grow a tiny human. Inside my belly. Like in Alien, only not really.
I’m based in central Scotland, UK, where I live with my long-suffering husband, Terry, and way too many shoes and dresses. They have their own room, in fact. God knows where the baby is going to sleep.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…
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 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 moved my blog to WordPress and turned it into a business. Forever Amber was initially supposed to be purely a personal diary, designed to document our lives post-transplant, and in the run-up to our wedding. I quickly realised, however, that working for myself was the key to eternal happiness – or, if not that, then a good way to escape my hated office job, at least – and set about turning the site into a fashion and lifestyle blog, aiming to provide style inspiration, blogging advice, and (hopefully) humorous anecdotes about day-to-day life.
Oh, and I still document my life, diary-style: the only difference is that my “diary” is now read by over 70,000 people each month, and is my sole form of income. Scroll down to read more…