The best thing about having a sibling is that you always have someone to share your wildest dreams with or your most painful experiences with. Moreover, those lucky people who have been blessed by heaven with twins can feel that they have found an understanding companion for their eternal life.
Sisterly love is truly limitless, but are there any limits? Would you be able to do anything for your sister? Would you even carry your child if your happiness depended on it? But all of this seemed like a completely natural solution for twins Sarah Sharp and Cathey Stoner to live in Nashville.
When Stoner learned that her sister’s greatest dream was to become a mother again, but that blessing was forever taken away from her, she did not hesitate to rush to her sister’s aid.
Sharp married the love of her life, Richard, in 2015, and three years later they were able to hold their first daughter in their arms. But in the ninth month after giving birth, something extremely shocking happened.
The woman’s period came again after many irregularities, but it lasted more than 35 days. Sharp didn’t even suspect it at first, as she thought it might be some kind of post-pregnancy problem, but at her sister’s urging, she took a pregnancy test, the result of which was positive. Sharp immediately sought medical help, where specialists first suspected a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ or an ᴇᴄᴛᴏᴘɪᴄ pregnancy, as they did not experience any other signs of a normal pregnancy.
Unfortunately, after several lab and test results, Sharp received bad news: she is suffering from a rare type of ᴄᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ that developed from the tissues that also make up the placenta. Sharp had to undergo a ʜʏsᴛᴇʀᴇᴄᴛᴏᴍʏ, so her dream of giving her little girl a sibling was dashed in one fell swoop.
“I jokingly said, ‘Okay, I’ll carry your baby out.’ And we had a good laugh about it,” Stoner recalled. “I was just trying to cheer her up, so I wanted to let her know that I would always be here for her.”
Stoner, who already had a family and two children, immediately discussed with her husband how they could help Sarah and Richard expand their family.
“We had a lot of conversations about what it would look like if it happened… and after all that, the process started and we created an embryo.”
The first implantation proved to be successful and the couple expects the baby boy to arrive in August. On Aug. 18, Stoner delivered John Ryder Sharp with her sister, husband and brother-in-law by her side. “It was a whirlwind of emotions,” said Sharp. “He came from my sister, but I could tell he was mine.”
Sharp held him against her skin and whispered to her son, “I love you. We’ve prayed for you. We’re so happy you’re here,” before telling her sister, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
The sisters couldn’t be happier than this, as they could hold a baby of a few weeks or more in their arms, who is the fruit of unconditional sisterly love.