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Crossing the Tees.

This 41-year-old woman is currently undergoing infertility treatment with donor eggs at a Tees Valley clinic.

As the Government launches a new campaign, she makes this heartfelt plea for more donors.

By the end of this week I might be pregnant.

And I have an incredible woman to thank for that chance.

I daren't have too many hopes at this stage in my cycle of fertility treatment, using a donor egg.

It is always a tense and day-by-day wait.

This is the most stressful two weeks, the waiting.

But even so it is wonderful to know that somewhere out there is a woman who has made possible what I could not have had otherwise - the chance of a pregnancy.

Somewhere someone donated their eggs to help me realise the dream of a family.

I have a three-year-old child conceived naturally.

But after his birth I had a premature menopause and was told the only way I would be able to have a child would be through a donor egg.

I wasn't even added to an NHS waiting list. They were so long that they were closed - though this wasn't on Teesside.

So I have had treatment at the Cromwell Fertility Clinic in Darlington.

They operate a system whereby a woman can offset the cost of her IVF treatment by donating her eggs to women like me who cannot produce them.

It is a chance I am so grateful for - but gifts like this are under threat.

From April donors will lose their right to anonymity. So children born as a result of donation will, at age 18, be able to find out the identity of the donor.

I don't know what this will mean for people like me - it may well deter some from donating eggs or sperm.

That appears to have happened already and this is why the Government launched a campaign yesterday to encourage donors to come forward.

In my case I don't know who has given me my donor eggs.

I only know that it is the most wonderful thing this woman could have done and something I can never thank her enough for.

People like her help make families.

Often the egg donors are women who have had infertility difficulties themselves or have seen others go through them.

They know that infertility treatment takes a lot out of you, emotionally and financially.

I think most people are totally unaware of what fertility treatment involves, which is why there is a difficulty getting donor eggs.

This will probably be made worse now that anonymity rights have been altered.

I can only repeat what the donation has meant to me - it is the gift of life and I am so thankful to have been given that chance.

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Title Annotation:Column Crossing The Tees
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2005
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