Two distraught mothers had no idea what to do as their attempts to have children kept failing. But, both continued to go after what they wanted. Not only did they have the kids they wanted, but they got each other -- a meeting that transformed their lives forever.
Moms Virginia Johnson and Kylie Szafranski are both from Phoenix, Arizona. The pair were complete strangers until they found fantastic information about one another.
Johnson and Szafranski's journeys toward conceiving were challenging. After having had an ectopic pregnancy, Johnson discovered she had bladder cancer.
She was informed that she would have to have her left fallopian tube removed. She already had her right one taken out as a teen.
This information left her terrified as to if she could ever have children. Sadly, she did suffer from a miscarriage following this cancer diagnosis.
MORE THAN SHE COULD HAVE DREAMED OF
After she beat her cancer and opted for IVF, Johnson managed to give birth to her daughter Zoe in 2014. Using the same process, she eventually had quadruplets in 2017. They consist of three girls and one boy named Ava, Olivia, Madelyn, and Victor Jr. The mom said:
'"I feel so lucky when I look at my children because I never thought this would happen to me. It hasn't been your typical journey into parenthood, but I wouldn't change it for the world."
The other mother, Szafranski, also experienced this sense of gratitude and joy when she finally managed to conceive and give birth as well.
Szafranski went through several miscarriages but eventually managed to give birth to River. In 2017, her quadruplets, Damon, Gideon, Theo, and Emery, consisted of three boys and one girl. Speaking a bit of how she felt when she gave birth, she said:
"Shock, definitely a lot of shock
...It's real now; they're here, it's real tangible... tiny humans."
Of course, beyond shock, both moms were more than likely overwhelmed with having four kids all at once. They didn't know that there was someone out there going through a similar experience that could help them cope. In fact, they were just around the corner.
A CRAZY DISCOVERY
Szafranski was watching the news when they announced that another mom in the same area as her also had quadruplets. They were also born only just over a week apart. The two got in touch as Szafranski stated:
"We were actually in a mother's group together on Facebook, and eventually, we began messaging each other and became friends after meeting up."
The children were a few weeks old when the two officially met, and their relationship has grown ever since. They spend lots of time with one another and go on many vacations together.
A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON
Johnson also spoke about how much more supported she feels being close to another mother with quadruplets. She expressed:
"We share advice; it's like having a partner. It's been wonderful to have another family go through this journey together."
When they are all with each other, this mom said, it is a lot of fun with their children enjoying playing together, and more than that, growing up beside one another.
OVERCOMING THE HURDLES
In life, we all face challenges, big or small, while trying to create the life we want. These roadblocks may seem terrible at first, and it's easy to give up.
But, sometimes, if we keep on trying, we may come across surprises beyond our wildest dreams. Sometimes we may even encounter multiple surprises -- maybe four...or even eight.
THE NUMBERS KEEP RISING
While parents will love their children no matter what, quadruplets are significantly more work because of how many kids there are. But what about 22 children?
That may sound near impossible, but couple Sue Radford and her husband beg to differ. The pair had their first child while they were both teenagers.
They then tied the knot in 1993 when Sue was only 17 years old and Noel was only 21 years old. They had their second child soon after that.
Since then, there has been a whirlwind of births throughout the years. Now, the couple has 22 kids between 1 year old and 32 years old. As a result, Sue has spent 800 weeks of her life pregnant.
The Radfords are known as the biggest family in the UK and have a channel called "22 Kids and Counting," which made them famous.
Not everybody wants to have children, but if you do, do you think you would be able to handle four of them? What about 22?
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