A woman left infertile after beating cancer three times has fallen pregnant thanks to IVF
An infertile cancer survivor has fulfilled her baby dream after beating the disease three times.
Alannah Roberts, 29, from Dudley, West Mids, was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system – at 15 years old.
But despite intense chemotherapy, the cancer returned two years later – followed by a third time just after her 22nd birthday.
Devastated, Alannah’s dreams of becoming a mum were crushed after doctors revealed she was completely infertile.
After chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a final stem cell transplant, her body had plummeted into early menopause.
Alannah had thankfully frozen some of her eggs, but due to previous treatment, she later learned her ovaries were already damaged.
After meeting her now husband, Andrew, 29, at 21, the couple are now expecting their first miracle baby after their first IVF cycle was successful – their baby is due in three months’ time.
Alannah, who works for Virgin Media, said: “I was devastated when I realised cancer treatment had left me infertile.
“I couldn’t believe in my early 20’s that I was facing the menopause.
“I had always imagined myself having a few babies and although some eggs were frozen at 17, I knew conceiving would be miraculous even with IVF as I was no longer producing any female hormones.
“But I fell pregnant just after our first go, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were.
“Having cancer three times and undergoing so much intense treatment every time was hard but now I’m having my dream baby, I feel like everything was worthwhile.”
Alannah was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 15 after her size plummeted from an 18 to a 6.
Exhausted and with no appetite, tests revealed she had cancer and needed chemotherapy in a bid to save her life.
Alannah added: “I was in remission around eight months later and I felt much better but at 17, it returned again.
“This time is was a lot more aggressive but I was thankful my regular scan spotted the lump in my neck as I couldn’t see it at all.
“I was back in remission one year later, but it didn’t last long and I was diagnosed for a third time at 21 after finding a lump myself while at university.
“This time is was even more serious, stage 3B and I needed a stem cell transplant if I was going to survive.
“Looking back it seems surreal that I could beat the disease three times, I have been in remission for five and a half years now so I’ve been given the all clear.
“It will always be in the back of my mind that it might return but I’m looking forward to the future with Andrew and our miracle baby who will be born in October.”
Alannah married her now husband in March 2015, and just six months later the pair decided to try IVF.
She added: “When doctor extracted my eggs at 17, my ovaries were already damaged due to the cancer treatment in my early teens.
“So before we had even started IVF, I knew my eggs weren’t going to be the strongest and we had no idea if IVF would ever work but it was worth a try.
“We felt like the luckiest couple alive when the pregnancy test came back positive after our first go.
“I can’t wait until our baby is here in October now.
“I hope my story is a beacon of hope to any other young women battling cancer, it had always been my dream to become a mum and experience pregnancy and I thought at one point that it would be impossible but thankfully that’s not the case.
“I battled cancer three times and I now have a cancer free future to look forward to.”
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