Meet the woman who is having an affair and another who’s ignoring cancer to start a family
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How far would you go to get pregnant? Sammy-Jo Kerry was so desperate to be a mum she even had an affair in the hope of conceiving, believing her boyfriend’s sperm to be “weak”.
“I started an affair with a stranger,” Sammy-Jo explains. “I was convinced Danny’s sperm was to blame so I was sure another man could get me pregnant. Once it was in my mind I couldn’t get rid of it.”
“I liked him [the stranger] but he was no more than a potential sperm donor,” she adds.
But when this, and other relationships yielded no baby, Sammy-Jo and Danny decided to put their relationship first and baby making on hold. And, as so often happens when you’re not trying, Sammy-Jo became pregnant. The couple welcomed baby Kaiam nine months later.
Another mum-to-be, Melanie Jaggard, is going so far as to ignore her rare form of cancer, in order to be a mum. Currently pregnant with twins, Melanie has been diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), a rare and incurable form of head cancer. Melanie’s prognosis is around 10-15 years, but she and husband Charlie have decided to go ahead and start a family anyway, in the hope a cure will be discovered in the mean time.
The couple are prepared to withstand criticism that their decision is selfish and will leave their children mother-less in their teens. “If you look at the huge advances made in cancer research over the past 15 years, it’s unfathomable to me that we won’t find a cure or a new drug therapy to manage this disease,” explained Melanie. “We are very positive people who refuse to dwell on ‘what ifs’ and our twins have given us even more determination, a fresh impetus to find a solution.”
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