I'm 39 now, and I've had a lot of late effects as a result of cancer treatment, for example, it weakened my heart. But for me, by far the most devastating effect of treatment was the impact that it had on my fertility. I was just 13 when a doctor casually informed me I'd never have children. The big part of my future that I assumed I would have had was taken away.
Because the UK law is not adequate, thousands of surrogacies are taking place abroad in countries such as the US and Canada where the process is much more stable. However whilst their laws are stronger, this can have quite a financial burden on the intended parents (IP) and bring about their own set of challenges.
I have read a few negative articles in the press recently regarding surrogacy. Allow me to tell you my story, in the hope of leaving you with a fuller heart. Infertility is still a fairly taboo topic. Yet the reality is that many people need help to have a baby. It is a serious issue, and it was for me too.
I have secondary infertility, in other words I had fertility issues after my first child was born. She is now six. After five and a half years of numerous procedures, operations, four rounds of IVF, a miscarriage and ending up with a fairy godmother surrogate, I got my happy ending, my complete family.