The last few years have been some of the hardest in my life, my children have had to make many sacrifices and deal with changes they didn't want - a mother who wasn't there much, worked "too much" and always seems to be tired.

At the same time, they've also learnt, I hope, grit and resilience.

" Others suggested casual sex and Friends With Benefits (FWB) options, and said that the Islamic tradition and religious requirement of celibacy outside of marriage was "abnormal" and "cruel". Being faced with these challenges and debates, I realised that Muslim or not, FWB and casual hookups weren't my values and never had been, and so it wasn't my faith that was the problem. Although I initially took it at face value, he ultimately bailed.

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In media we have snide comments such as those by David Archibald about "lazy and ugly single mothers unable to keep a man," while on the other hand we have stories about single mothers choosing poor partners who may have groomed them to access their children, or who end up harming their children in other ways.

Most of the single mothers I know are anything but lazy or ugly.

We don't have much time to navel gaze, or to sit and complain, so we simply get on with life and with doing the best we can.

We cry sometimes from the sheer overwhelm, the isolation while surrounded by the noise and chaos that is kids without a break, the loneliness of having no loving, vested adult to share our children's accomplishments with, to worry over our children's struggles with …

They've had countless opportunities to see, I hope, that in order to succeed, you have to keep showing up.

They've learnt that relationships take a lot of work and that love is a doing word.

I was in the final stages of training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (O&G) and with no help.