AN INCREDIBLE woman who dreamed of having a family and losing weight has shed six stone and now has two kids after undergoing several rounds of IVF.
Marie Hooper, 33, and her husband Steve, 35, spent a whopping £15,000 on treatment since 2013 and suffered the “heartbreaking” pain of a miscarriage, but now say they have their “dream family.”
A now much slimmer Marie with her two sons[/caption]
Marie shed six stone[/caption]
The couple were left heartbroken after they were they wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally after five years of trying.
The 33-year-old former hairdresser was advised by someone at work to look into IVF treatment and booked a consulation – but doctors told her she was too overweight.
‘I WAS SO FRUSTRATED’
To qualify for the treatment on the NHS, then 15 st Marie would have to lose a further 3lbs.
Marie said: ”
It was so frustrating to hear I needed to do more, especially because exercising wasn’t something I enjoyed doing,” she said.
“But I was really motivated, I knew it was what I had to do in order to give me and my husband a baby, which is all we wanted.”
But a determined Marie reached her target weight of 12 stone at the start of 2015.
Marie says she couldn’t have done it without Slimming World, whom she signed up with at the beginning of her weight loss journey.
The couple had their first attempt at IVF treatment in March that year, but it failed.
Marie said: ” That was a really awful thing to go through but I knew it was a possibility so we decided to try again really soon.”
Just two months later she found out she was pregnant following a second attempt at treatment.
Marie and Steve are over the moon that their dream of having a family has come true.
Marie said: “We had both been through so much to get to that point so to finally have had a baby felt amazing.
‘A LONG, DIFFICULT JOURNEY’
“It was the end of a really long and difficult journey but I knew that I wanted to give it another go and try for a second.
“I wanted James to have a sibling. A sibling is like your best friend and I wanted to have that for him.”
But undertaking the process a second time was wrought with yet more obstacles.
On Marie’s third and fourth attempts at treatment her body failed to respond to the drugs and her fifth, in 2017, resulted in a miscarriage.
She said: “After the fifth attempt, that was the worst month of my life. I was devastated. I felt so depressed I didn’t want to be with anybody.
“But after a few days, I decided I wanted to do it again. I was determined.”
The couple had already spent £9,000 on IVF and didn’t have any money left, so crowdfunded for financial support.
The couple managed to raise a whopping £6,00o from the public and were able to press on with another round of IVF.
In March 2018, Marie got the brilliant news she was pregnant again and that December her youngest son, Jack was born.
Marie said: “Going through IVF is like going through the world’s longest labour.
“It’s so, so difficult because of the dramatic ups and downs.
I felt like I had been cheated because all I wanted to do in life was to be a mum and I had to fight for it
“We’d hear good news one day then have it taken away the next, so it was hard to ever be happy.
“I felt like I had been cheated because all I wanted to do in life was to be a mum and I had to fight for it.”
She added: “Looking at the family I have now makes me so, so happy.
“It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears but in the end it’s all been worth it.
“My family are my everything, as long as my two sons and my husband are happy then I am too.”
Despite the immense toll the process has taken Marie wants her story to inspire other women to stick with IVF.
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She said: “I had so many setbacks but I stuck with it because I was so desperate for a family.
“I hope other people going through the same difficulties can see what’s happened to me and be encouraged.”
Marie will use her weight loss and IVF experience in her new job role as a Slimming World consultant, which she’ll start in November.
Marie and Steve and their ‘dream family’[/caption]
Marie says she had to ‘fight’ to become a mum[/caption]
A pregnant Marie snaps a selfie[/caption]
Marie is ecstatic to have her family[/caption]
Marie and Steve have been through their fair share of heartbreak[/caption]
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