Today when you hear that someone has news, you’re going to take it with a pinch of salt; we’ve already fallen for so many headlines. But this one’s true and it’s incredibly inspiring. Irish DJ and author Louise McSharry has revealed that she’s expecting her first baby. This news comes one year after she received the all clear on her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. However, the treatment required to get her on the other side of cancer more than decimated her egg count, so the likelihood of getting pregnant was greatly reduced. Overcoming such fertility issues was going to take a miracle after what Louise and her husband had been through but lo and behold, they got their wish. The 32 year old revealed her incredible news today on her own website, acknowledging that April 1st isn’t the best day to make an announcement.
She wrote “I can honestly say that throughout my experience with cancer I only thought ‘WHY ME?’ one time. That moment came in the office of a fertility specialist four months after being given the all clear. The treatment which had saved my life had also decimated my egg count. Where I should have been at 35 or 40 on the scale of being able to conceive, I was a two. I was a two and I was pissed off.”
“The doctor tried to reassure me, explaining that there were other ways, and anyway, it might happen! I was in a dark place. Over the following weeks I shared the bad news with some friends, who all did their best to reassure me.”
“I didn’t want to hear about the exceptions, because they were exceptions. I couldn’t bank on being an exception when I knew the probability was that I would be the rule. Then a few months after we started trying, I got pregnant. We spent the seven weeks between finding out and going for a scan in total disbelief, barely telling anyone, and trying not to get our hopes up.”
“This wasn’t meant to have happened! Then, last week, we saw our baby wriggling around on a screen in The Rotunda and now there is simply no denying it.”
“No matter what happens now there is a baby of our creation, and I have become the exception. We are absolutely delighted and a little bit terrified at the prospect of becoming proper adults, but I gather that’s a normal way to feel.”
“We are so incredibly grateful that we have beaten the odds.”
“If you are happy for us, we are very grateful for that. If however, due to your own circumstances you find this news difficult, I get it. I get it, and I hope that some day soon, just when you’re least expecting it you find yourself waving a wee covered plastic stick around with delight as I recently did.”
We could not be happier for Louise and her husband Gordon and with so many other women in a similar position, we hope this gives them a much needed dose of hope. There can always be light at the end of what sometimes seems like a never-ending tunnel.