My cousin – menopausal gran – is younger than me

My cousin is in the papers – Gran thought her pregnancy was menopause – I am bemused/depressed by the angle of age in this.  I am actually 6 weeks older than her  and wouldn’t welcome being reported in this “old biddy” manner.

I am really interested in how this has been covered.  I had nothing to do with the story itself,  and heard she was contacted by the local television news over the weekend.  Then that someone offered her a few hundreds of pounds for the story, which is now national, indeed

It has taken on something of a life of its own online – there are comments on blogs about whether she was drinking alcohol whilst pregnant and even romantising the story to celebrating her wedding anniversary when realising she was pregnant.

The published story isn’t quite as I understand from “the inside”, but obviously the baby is much welcomed and will be well loved. 

I like to think that I would have ensured a more flattering impression – but then as the family public relations “expert”, I wasn’t asked!!

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

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