When one door closes...don’t give up. One of the hardest things to reconcile when faced with a cancer diagnosis is that certain things you had taken for granted may not be possible. For younger women, the impact on fertility and the chance to have a family is often the biggest worry. The reality is that in many cases women do have options. But when you’re focusing on getting well or surviving, having a baby in the future is not always front of mind. .
My surgeon at the @royalmarsden
had the sensitivity and consideration to let me know that I had options, and that freezing eggs or embryos was my best bet at extending our family. Not everyone is so lucky. Not everyone is given those options. Not everyone knows to ask. .
My son was a few hours old when this photo was taken. I was the first to hold him. I cut the umbilical cord. But I did not give birth to him. Our miracle baby boy was born with the help of a remarkable human angel, our friend, our surrogate @linzw37
. Four years from when we took the opportunity to do IVF, before starting chemo, and our baby was born. His smile epitomises and immortalises how we all felt in that moment. Pure, unadulterated joy. Knowledge is power.