My name is Helen and I struggled with Secondary Infertility for three years. My first son Zac was born in 2003, after trying to conceive for three years and eventually we were successful following 4 months of Clomid.
As I had polycystic symptoms and as we had struggled the first time, when the desire for another child kicked in and Mother Nature again wasn’t playing ball, we went straight back to the IVF clinic for advice and assistance. Our fertility was unexplained though I did have some polycystic symptoms. After 15 unsuccessful months on Clomid we were referred for IVF. We undertook 4 cycles in 14 months, November 2011, February 2012, June 2012 and November 2012.
We were blessed with our twins, Anya and Xavier in May 2013, and though born at 29 weeks and spending 10 weeks in Hull Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, they are now both happy, healthy and crazy kids. Our family was finally complete.
Originally from Lancashire, with most of my family from Liverpool, I now live in East Yorkshire where I met and married Jason my husband. We live between Hull and York with our gorgeous three children.
My career began working for PR consultancies in Liverpool and Manchester until I was drawn to the other side of the Pennines to work at Communications Manager and then Marketing Communications Director for a large motor dealer group, that eventually became part of RBS Group. From cars to property, my next role was as part-owner/director of a property development firm until I left to have Zac and then set up my own marketing firm.
Having spent my entire career in PR and Marketing, after the twins were then born, I looked at life in a completely different way. My priorities changed, my career had to take a back seat, but moreover, after everything we had been through, I wanted to be a Mummy to those longed for kids and not to miss a minute. That said, I can never sit still.
After raising £52,722 to buy a new transport incubator for the NICU, I then researched and launched a brand new online store, inspired by the babies, The Lovely Keepsake Company, specialising in keepsake gifts to commemorate and celebrate events, achievements and milestones all through life. We now sell 400+ items as the store grows daily but the beauty is all the marketing I now do is finally, for my own business and more importantly, I can work from home and be where the kids need me.
We know we are extremely blessed. Whilst life can be hard and three kids can be testing, we thank our stars each night for our family. “I love you, my dreams come true.” x