situations alone without being able to confirm with another person and that can be quite intimidating. JB: Although I lost my twin at 43 I certainly didn't suddenly become shy but there were issues about adjustment, self-esteem and sense of identity over a period of years. In fact two years later I fell down in a heap for about 10 weeks, partly from physical and emotional exhaustion from a number of factors including having seen somebody through illness over several years. I actually kept two
... actually kept two diaries which were very Panel Discussion Those participating on the panel were: Chair, Patricia Swanson (PS) Researcher in Western Australia Researcher on how families cope with multiple birth loss 1 . Jim Brockbank (JB) Family Doctor I am a twin who lost a twin. My brother Rick died at 43 after five years of a complex rheumatological illness. We had to make the decision to switch off his life support machine. He was a world authority on wave structure. Ten months later I got on my bike and cycled a thousand miles of the British coastline in his memory and raised £20,000. Half went towards arthritis care and the other half went to a university prize for engineering in his memory which I present each year. I have become chairman of a national disability charity. I also wear his watch each day. I had a 6-year-old daughter then twins -a boy and a girl. My son only survived for eight hours. They were born nine weeks early. My thriving 5-year-old daughter now makes up in energy for both. Joan Woodward (JW) Psychotherapist I lost my twin when we were 3 with fairly dire results for me. It made me decide to carry out the first ever study of the effect on twins of the loss of their twin. This later resulted in the Lone Twin Network, now with 650 members and still expanding.