“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved as a family.”
My sister and her husband were having some fairly serious issues getting pregnant and it transpired that there were some problems with her other half’s sperm. They were quite private about their difficulties but you could see the sadness and grief written all over their faces. It was devastating for them. My parents and I felt pretty helpless – it’s not something that had ever been on our radars before and we didn’t know what to say or do. I wanted to help my sister but didn’t know how to. I did a lot of reading online to try and understand what they might be going through and during the process stumbled across the NGDT’s site and what becoming a sperm donor might involve. Obviously I wouldn’t ever be able to donate to my sister but I could donate sperm to other people affected by fertility issues. It felt like something I might be able to do to show my sister I was on her side, thinking of her and wanting to do all that I could to help. I went through all the testing and counselling and was approved to become a donor – I’d been so nervous that I might get turned down. I started donating regularly. A couple of months later I told my sister at a family BBQ. She burst into tears. She explained that not only was she incredibly moved by my kindness but it was also her hormones – she was finally pregnant. I couldn’t believe it. It was one of those days I will never forget. I’m now an Uncle to my amazing niece. I’ve also recently found out that two families are now expecting babies from my donations. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved as a family.