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RTE star Louise McSharry says she's 'beaten the odds' as she announces pregnancy

Published 01/04/2016 | 09:15

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Louise McSharry. College Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Louise McSharry at the launch of the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2016 at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
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RTE presenter Louise McSharry has revealed she's pregnant with her first child "against the odds."

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The 2FM DJ battled Hodgkin's Lymphoma for nearly a year and is currently in remission after a brave cancer battle. And the newlywed, who married long-term partner Gordon Spierin in Cork last August, announced she's expecting.

In a typically candid blog post, the popular host said she was prepared for the worst when it came to her fertility as "The treatment which had saved my life had also decimated my egg count."

"Where I should have been at 35 or 40 on the scale of being able to conceive, I was a two. I was a two, and I was pissed off," she wrote.

Louise McSharry and her husband Gordon
Louise McSharry and her husband Gordon

But Louise has now spoken of her excitement at growing her family, saying: "We are absolutely delighted and a little bit terrified at the prospect of becoming proper adults, but I gather that’s a normal way to feel. We are also incredibly grateful that we have beaten the odds."

She said she was prepared for an uphill battle to try and conceive naturally and found out she was pregnant just weeks after telling her closest friends that she was told she likely wouldn't be able to carry a child.

Read more: Here comes the beautiful bride: 2FM star Louise McSharry weds Gordon Spierin in Cork

"Over the following weeks I shared the bad news with some friends, who all did their best to reassure me," she said. "Many of them had their own stories of friends of friends who surprised themselves by getting pregnant when they thought they weren’t able to. I shut them down one by one. I didn’t want to hear about the exceptions, because they were exceptions. I couldn’t bank on being an exception when I knew the probability was that I would be the rule.

Louise McSharry. College Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Louise McSharry. College Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

"A few months after we started trying, I got pregnant. We spent the seven weeks between finding out and going for a scan in total disbelief, barely telling anyone, and trying not to get our hopes up. This wasn’t meant to have happened! Then, last week, we saw our baby wriggling around on a screen in The Rotunda, and now there is simply no denying it. No matter what happens now there is a baby of our creation, and I have become the exception.".

Just last month, Louise told us her situation was "tricky", but "we definitely want to have kids and hopefully that will happen at some stage" when asked about her family plans. During her RTE documentary F**k Cancer, she spoke about her fertility with typical candour and explained she as open to IVF and adoption.

“A lot of people would freeze their eggs [before chemo], but there wasn’t time for that. I needed to start treatment straight away," she explained.

“Nurses gave me an injection, and the theory was it would help my ovaries take cover for the duration of chemo, but unfortunately it wasn’t effective for me so the chemo did get rid of most of my eggs. I’ve always wanted to have children ... If I’m lucky enough to have one kid I’ll be delighted.”

Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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