1% Chance of Having Kids
We have two beautiful daughters. But we were given only a 1% chance.
The reason is that my wife had leukaemia twice and the only treatment options were intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, each of which seriously damage fertility.
My wife ended up having 8 chemo cycles, a near 2 year stay in hospital and an experimental bone marrow transplant using stem cells from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby.
It was Frankenstein stuff. Not only did the doctors give us a low chance of having children but after the relapse my wife’s chances of survival were not much higher.
It is traumatic enough to get cancer at the age of 27 but for it to come back a second time after being given the “all clear” is devastating…
And then to be told that the only treatment that could lead to a cure meant almost certain infertility nearly destroyed us.
But we were lucky.
We thought the relapse was a death sentence.