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Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker of Long Island, NY, knew she wanted to have more than one child, but she almost didn't get to have even one. At 30 weeks pregnant, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
"It was simply devastating," her twin sister, Dawn Ardolino-Policastro told Mineola Patch. Allison's best chance to get well was to start chemotherapy right away. "The day after her first treatment, she went for a sonogram and the baby wasn't moving," Dawn wrote on Facebook. So on Dawn and Allison's 33rd birthday, the baby was delivered by emergency C-section at 31 weeks. Luckily, the little boy, Dylan, was healthy (best birthday present ever!) and is six years old now.
Sadly, a doctor told Allison that she wouldn't be able to carry a child again because hormones had brought about her cancer. It would have been heartbreaking news for the mom who didn't feel her family was complete. But Dawn immediately volunteered to carry her next child for her.
Posted by Allison Rose Photography on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Dawn kept her promise and became Allison's surrogate about six years later, even posing for unique maternity photos with her twin.
Allison didn't want to learn the sex of her second-born, but Dawn, who has two boys of her own, couldn't resist finding out. That's what inspired the below adorable snapshot with Allison completely unaware that she, too, was about to become a mother of two sons. The new little guy, Hudson, recently arrived, just as healthy as his big bro. And that prompted the maternity photographer, Allison Rose Photography, to reveal this clever picture.
I've been waiting for the news all week! Dawn gave birth to a healthy baby boy today named Hudson William!Allison was...Posted by Allison Rose Photography on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I've been waiting for the news all week! Dawn gave birth to a healthy baby boy today named Hudson William!Allison was...
“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months?” the new mom, who's still cancer-free six years later, wrote to her sister on Facebook. “You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never have.”