In a desperate bid to have a baby Christine and Steve Shaw have spent 25,000 on fertility treatment over the last 20 years. Now their dream is about to come true, with Christine expecting not just one baby but twins. She tells Lynette Pinchess about their unrelenting quest
There came a further blow when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer, after finding a lump in her neck in 2005.
When she failed to conceive they were eventually referred for tests and Christine was Nike Air Max Tavas Anthracite diagnosed with endometriosis, Air Max Tavas Orange
When Care's test results showed the same, Christine said: "Everyone was ecstatic. They were all crying."
In return, Christine went to the top of the waiting list to receive the eggs from another woman whose physical characteristics match her and Steve's.
The procedure cost 7,000, bringing the couple's total IVF bill to 25,000.
When she turned 29, the couple were advised to try IVF treatment.
A friend of Teresa's agreed to donate her eggs to the "pot" for childless couples on Care Fertility's waiting list.
But finally, thanks to a stranger's donor eggs, Christine Air Max Tavas Se Black
Unable to wait for the official pregnancy test at Care on November 11, Christine did a home test three days before which came up positive.
Gentling patting her bump, Christine Shaw says: "Look, it's getting bigger."
It was at that point Christine's sister Teresa Pycroft, of Wollaton, offered to be a surrogate mother to carry the couple's child.
"We considered it very carefully," said Dr George Ndukwe, the clinic's medical director. "I knew that the cancer treatment would have affected ovarian reserves and the most realistic way to go at that point was for the egg donation."
"There's no feeling that can compare with that because I've known her for all these years we've been through this journey together," Dr Ndukwe said.
The remarkable story of her quest for motherhood has been followed by the Evening Post since 2006, when we revealed how her attempts had been thwarted by one setback after another.
It has been a long, expensive haul. The couple have taken out loans and sacrificed foreign holidays and luxuries to pay for IVF treatment totalling 25,000.
She said: "It's a dream come true. I still can't believe it even now.
trying for a baby for three years in case the cancer returned.
Teresa, a mother of three, had her sister's eggs frozen from her second IVF attempt implanted in 2007.
But a pregnancy test came back negative. Everyone was devastated but Christine refused to give up.
The donor eggs were fertilised by Steve's sperm and implanted into Christine on October 27.
Baby joy for Christine and Steve Shaw after spending
"It was awful, unthinkable, you feel such a failure. I wanted a baby so badly," said Christine.
a painful condition of the womb which can affect fertility.
Christine's only regret is that her beloved mum Cassandra Rawson died last year without the chance to share her joy.
Despite endometriosis, failed fertility treatments, an unsuccessful surrogacy attempt and battling cancer, Christine and her husband Steve, 46, were determined not to give up.
The first attempt at Nurture, the NHS clinic at the Queen's Medical Centre, in 1999 was free. It was the start of a series of failed and abandoned cycles. Between 2001 and 2007 they spent 18,000 at Care Fertility's private clinic in Nottingham on attempts using Christine's eggs.
Three months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiotherapy followed. Christine was told the treatment could lead to an early menopause and she was warned to hold off Air Max 2015 Mens Colorways
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