A Double Miracle.

A double miracle! Identical twins, conceived naturally.
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Russ + I are bursting with joy to share that we will welcome two tiny humans into our lives. We’re technically due early February, though mono/di identical twins tend to arrive early ~35-36 weeks. What a way to kick off 2020!
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As many of you know, we’ve had a windy, bumpy road to arrive at this moment. From 2007-2009, I went through intense treatment twice for Hodgkin’s lymphoma: chemotherapy, radiation + a stem cell transplant. I froze my eggs in 2009 when the procedure was still considered experimental, hoping that science would progress. At age 24, the doctors told me it was very likely I’d lose my fertility + go into early menopause. I kept the faith. Last year, we had an ectopic pregnancy. Emergency surgery was needed at 8 weeks, removing my right Fallopian tube. #wanderingsoul
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We had been exploring using my frozen eggs, that had been stored for a decade. And, this summer, we were quite close to moving forward with an embryo transfer. Enter: this double miracle. 💙💙
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The first trimester was filled with much happiness + excitement— but also much anxiety, hopeful our pregnancy would progress well. I’m happy to report — it has! We are 5+ months along now.
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All of your love, support, prayers + kindness has truly lifted us up during this process. Often, I think of how much to share, how much to keep private. But my hope — in being vulnerable — is that sharing my story will help others going through fertility struggles (regardless of whether or not you’re a cancer survivor)
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To those of you still walking the path of fertility, I am lifting you up. It is not easy + you’re doing a great job.🌟
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I am grateful for you guys, this beautiful community, my cheerleaders. I can’t express how impactful the power of community is in our precious lives. Thank you for being there for me. I promise to continuing showing up for you. 😊