‘A magazine story inspired me to help someone have a family.’
I was at the hairdresser’s flicking through a magazine when I stumbled on an article about a woman in her twenties who had donated her eggs to a woman who’d had breast cancer. The lady had needed them because, sadly, the cancer treatment that had been designed to save her life left her infertile.
I couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the photo of this woman, who had been through such loss and heartache, looking so happy with her husband and new son. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to do that. I want to help someone have a family.’
That evening when I got home I started looking on the internet for everything I could find about egg donation. I discovered that there were two fertility clinics in the city where I worked, one of which was an NGDT ‘Donor Centre of Excellence’.
About a week later I plucked up the courage to call the Donor Centre of Excellence clinic and arranged to meet with the Egg Donor Coordinator to discuss things in a bit more detail. After that, I also chatted with close friends and family about what I was thinking of doing. Most people were really interested and supportive.
It took about six months for me to go through the testing, counselling and matching process and then I was all set to start. The donation cycle was much easier than I had anticipated and I didn’t find injecting myself as difficult as I thought it might be – even with a fear of needles! In the end, I produced 14 eggs which were donated to two women. I know one of the women went on to have a baby following my donation. The clinic has contacted me recently to ask whether I would be willing to donate to that same person again so she can try for a brother or sister for her child.
I agreed and am about to start another treatment cycle. Donating my eggs has been the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done.