#misCOURAGE story, 22/05/2017, by Lisa Dunne
Well, I have been fortunate enough to be given a place in the London Landmark Half Marathon in March 2018 to be a part of raising money for Tommy's a charity that is doing amazing work and research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
I have chosen this charity to try to give back something after going through what was the hardest journey I have ever faced.
Back in 2007 we decided to start a family, little did we know back then how much heartache was in front of us.
Our journey to become parents was heart wrenching, lonely and extremely scary and confusing. Unfortunately we lost seven babies to miscarriage and a further three to ectopic pregnancy, resulting to me loosing both my Fallopian tubes in 2010 and almost my life.
This resulted to me becoming extremely depressed and eventually being put under psychiatrists and heavily medicated. As scary as this was, my desire to be a mum was still at the front of my mind and giving up was not an option.
I slowly came of all my medication and we had our first attempt at IVF in 2011 but unfortunately it failed and my hopes of being a mum once again ended.
Through all this we never got answer, we never found out why I couldn't carry a child full term despite many surgeries and tests for 7 years.
In 2013 we had one more attempt at IVF and it worked finally, but the fear of my pregnancy not continuing was a huge worry.
But my little miracle inside continued to grow and my pregnancy was a dream till at 27 weeks the doctors discovered I had pre-eclampsia.
My local hospital monitored me 2-3 times a week, taking great care of me and little one, trying to get me as far along in the pregnancy as possible.
At 36 weeks they decided it was no longer safe to continue and baby Dunne needed to be delivered.
So here she was, delivered by c-section at 36 weeks weighing 4lb 9oz and the most beautiful thing in the world.
My dream of being a mum came true I never take a moment for granted with my little girl and if raising money for Tommy's can save one babies life and a parents heart from aching then I have done what I have aimed to do . Xx
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