Natasha Moores with daughter Sienna, 2. Natasha never expected to be able to conceive naturally after having IVF and then cancer treatment.
Natasha Moores with daughter Sienna, 2. Natasha never expected to be able to conceive naturally after having IVF and then cancer treatment. Warren Lynam

Natasha shows that miracles do happen

FORGET the sparkly car stickers. You only need to talk to Natasha Moores to know that miracles do happen.

Five years ago, Natasha and her husband Wayne thought they could not have children naturally.

They turned to IVF, lost a baby through miscarriage, and then conceived on their final attempt.

But only weeks into the pregnancy, Natasha discovered a lump on her breast and was diagnosed with an aggressive stage three cancer.

She had surgery and chemotherapy while pregnant and gave birth to a healthy girl, Sienna, before finalising her treatment.

Natasha and Wayne were content to get on with having the normal family life they dreamed of with Sienna.

And then a miracle happened. Natasha started feeling tired and sick.

She went to the doctor for a checkup and discovered she was pregnant.

The baby they thought they could never conceive naturally was on the way, after all Natasha's body had been through.

"I always thought it would be a miracle if it ever happened, so we weren't taking any precautions," she said.

"It was a complete surprise. My husband, he didn't speak for a minute."

Natasha and Wayne, who gave Sienna the middle name Faith are searching for the right name for their miracle baby, due on August 13.

"Sienna gave me faith all the way through the pregnancy. She was so strong, it made me strong as well," she said.

"I'd like to give this one a name that is as meaningful."

Natasha said she hoped her happy news would buoy the spirits of other people going through cancer.

She was encouraged through her treatment by the experience of another Coast woman and now close friend, Nerrida Rose-Humphrey, who also battled cancer while pregnant to give birth to a healthy baby.

"I want to get the awareness out there that miracles can happen," Natasha said.



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