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Niamh, 31
Dublin
(Founder of Mint Movement)

It hit me like a ton of bricks. I'll never forget the date, it's etched in my mind. Although I was half expecting it in the weeks leading up to the night we separated, the impact was greater than anything I have experienced. It was almost like a death but the person I was losing was still in front of me. He had decided that this life, our life, wasn't for him.

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Millie, 31
Cork

At the age of 30, on a year out from my BA in Korean Studies, I found myself pregnant as the result of a one night fling with a friend. There was initial shock and mild panic, but the absolute certainty that I wanted this child hit me so quickly and so hard that no other route even occurred to me.

Karen, 48
Cork

On my daughter's 12th birthday, I found out that my husband of 13 years (together for 18) was leaving. It was a bolt from the blue, I had no clue he'd been seeing someone else. Admittedly, things between us had been tense for months, but I thought he was just stressed due to work pressures. I spent months trying to talk to him, arranged appointments with the doctor, tried 'date' nights - all to no avail. Finally, he admitted that he didn't love me 'the way that he should'. I had to drag it out of him.

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