Clinical Review

patient's view

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:901
  1. Maria Tomasa,
  2. Giorgina Barbara Piccoli (, nephrologist1
  1. 1 Chair of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Turin, Corso Dogliotti, 14-10126 Turin, Italy
  1. Correspondence to: G B Piccoli

    My nickname is Tommy. At the time of the story I was 35 years old.1 I have been diabetic almost all my life, and this has had a big effect on me. I have wanted a baby since the day of my marriage, or even before that. Someone asked me if I wanted a baby to feel more “normal.” That is not the reason. I wanted a baby because it is a fundamental part of life and because I needed a child. I wanted it. When you deeply want something you have no particular reasons for doing it; you just want it day and night. …

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