When Lisa Glossop was told she was too fat for IVF treatment, she knew she had to take drastic action.
She and her husband, Julian had been trying desperately for a baby for more than a decade. When Lisa, 33, went to her GP for help, he told her that at 25 stone, she was too heavy to have IVF treatment.
So she had a gastric bypass operation and managed to lose a staggering 13 stone.
It meant that she was able to undergo IVF treatment and last May she successfully gave birth to daughter Gracie.
"Gracie is just our little miracle. When I look at her I just can't believe she is our little girl," says Lisa."There were so many setbacks and the odds were stacked against us. We waited for more than a decade to have her, and she has been worth the wait."
After years of trying unsuccessfully to fall pregnant, the couple went for fertility tests. Lisa was told she had blocked fallopian tubes while husband Julian, 38, had a low sperm count.
Doctors told the devastated couple that their chances of having a child naturally were almost nil.
"We were both devastated. We wanted to know whether there was anything that we could do to help us have a baby," explains Lisa.
Doctors told Lisa that she could have fertility treatment if she lost weight. Her only hope was gastric bypass surgery:
"I'd tried to diet so many times and nothing worked. Every time I lost a few pounds I'd put it straight back on. I even tried slimming pills, but they brought on asthma attacks."
So in June 2007 she underwent gastric bypass surgery - even though she was so scared that she wrote goodbye letters to her family the night before in case she didn't survive the operation.
But it was a success and Lisa managed to lose more than two stone in the first month. She was unable to eat anything other than liquid or pureed food, and managed to lose a staggering 13 stone.
It meant that she could then have IVF treatment, but the first cycle was unsuccessful.
"We were absolutely devastated. It was like I'd suffered the loss of my babies even before they were born," says Lisa."We knew that we only had one more try at IVF treatment, so we were desperate for it to work.
The couple underwent a second try at IVF treatment and on Mother's Day 2009 Lisa discovered she was pregnant:
"It was just the most amazing moment to actually see the little blue line on the pregnancy test and know that I was actually pregnant."
The pregnancy went smoothly and Gracie was born in May last year, weighing a healthy 7Ib12.
"When I finally held her in my arms I knew that our long battle had been worth it," says Lisa.
"It had taken me losing a massive 13 stone to be a mother. But it was just the most amazing feeling when I held our daughter for the first time. It had taken nearly 11 years to finally be a mum, but it has been worth the wait to finally have our miracle daughter."
What an amazing story!
Congratulations Lisa and Julian.
We recently met yummy mummy, Ursula, who dropped eight dress sizes in just eight months.