She doesn't feel guilty about working, though: "My kids are healthy, articulate, bright, happy. I read all the stuff about how kids of working mothers tend to do less well at school, but fortunately for me that hasn't proved to be the case." She adds: "I don't have any real advice because it is all about what you personally are comfortable doing. Working mothers tend to have two personalities: home and work. The real trick is not to let one of those personalities drain the life out of the other."
...But something has to give: in 2006 she turned down an invitation to the Oscars because it would have meant being away from the children for too long. "You can't do all the things you want to in life. Nobody can."
This is true. But you might try if you were diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour, as Brady was in early 2006. She had to undergo emergency surgery and was told it was a miracle she had managed to give birth to her children without potentially fatal complications. In typical Brady style, she has now put all that behind her: "When people mention 'my illness', I think, 'What are they talking about?' I'm very good at cleaning stuff out of my mind. I don't carry around any baggage. Initially when I found out, and had the operation, I was very sure that I would cut down on my hours, that I would take things a lot easier, take more holidays." But it didn't happen. "I was in intensive care for 24 hours, and when no one was looking I was desperately trying to check my emails. I think it's the longest I had ever been without looking at them. Life goes on, doesn't it?" Indeed it does. She had one week's holiday last year.
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