“That single cell has truly changed our lives and created more than just a family of three.”
I am writing this story, surrounded by chaotic piles of clothes, passports and empty suitcases because tomorrow we are flying off to South Africa. It is a journey we have made numerous times as a couple travelling for relaxation, sunshine and to see our friends.
A few years ago, I sat on the verandah thinking about the pain of the previous two years - my miscarriage and two failed cycles of IVF - and wondering whether we would ever achieve our dream of having a family.
This time will be very different and we will be seeing South Africa in a new way - through the eyes of our inquisitive, adventurous toddler. The new memories we will bring home are thanks to the amazing and selfless gift of a woman I have never met, a lady who had the empathy and compassion to help me, a stranger, by donating her eggs.
That single cell has truly changed our lives and created more than just a family of three because our daughter is also a granddaughter, niece, cousin and godchild. So this year I will sit on the verandah and raise a glass of wine in silent thanks to our donor as I watch our child play in the sunshine, because no words can ever truly express my gratitude.
(Name withheld) November 2017