Western Bulldogs star Lachie Hunter’s fiancee Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe has revealed her heartbreaking battle with IVF in an emotional Instagram post.
The couple, who celebrated their engagement last year, have announced their decision to walk away from parenthood after enduring five failed rounds of the in vitro fertilisation process.
Sullivan-Thorpe made the news public over the weekend where she revealed she has had 149 injections administered over the two-year journey of their attempts to fall pregnant.
Despite giving up for now, the post also makes it clear the couple haven’t given up hope of becoming parents one day.
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“Man this has sucked, sucked so much of my time, energy and emotional capability,” Sullivan-Thorpe wrote on Instagram.
“It’s made me face my two greatest fears, constantly feeling weak and helplessly out of control.
“But man it’s made me tough and emotionally I know now nothing can break me.
“Motherhood sounds so f***ing magical, I’m sure it is every bit as lovely and brilliant as everyone describes.
Lachie Hunter and Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe celebrated their engagement last year.Source:Instagram
“But… I’ve also met and spoken with some pretty happy, loved up women who for a variety of reasons have not had children; and you know what they seem to have found some pretty darn special magic in their lives too.
“2 years since all this began and I am finally at peace with whatever the future holds for me.
“Kids don’t equal happiness and it’s so damn comforting for people like me, crippled by uncertainty to know that.
“To my people thank you for always being patient, understanding, empathetic and equally for snapping me out of it when I was being a straight up sook!
“Lastly to Dr Rachael Knight without whom I would have most certainly given up — thank you for your continual guidance and transparency, but most of all thank you for always ALWAYS being gentle, empathetic and understanding.
“Time to put down the needles and start living my best life.”
Sullivan-Thorpe and Hunter have already received supporting messages from former AFL WAG and Instagram influencer Abbie Gilmore — as well as Hunter’s teammates Mitch Wallis and Josh Bruce.
The couple also revealed their conception battles last year when Sullivan-Thorpe posted a photo of her during her third round of IVF treatment.
“It’s not been easy to share, most times it’s felt uncomfortable and very ‘me me me’, but I wanted to fight the shame and resentment I (and many others) feel towards their bodies,” she wrote on Instagram.
Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe and Lachie Hunter have revealed their heartbreak. Photo: Instagram, Getty.Source:Instagram
“IVF isn’t embarrassing, not every baby comes from the birds and the bees textbook, and while it feels heartbreaking and unfair, it’s life.
“I don’t know how this round will go, but I do know that whatever path we land on I have an incredible little tribe around me.
“To the women and men who walk this path, I feel so deeply for you — it’s one hell of a fight, physically, emotionally and financially. But remember we are only given what we can handle.”
It comes after Hunter was this year embroiled in a police matter where he was fined for breaching public health orders after he allegedly drove a vehicle into several parked cars on a suburban street.
He was sentenced to a $1000 fine and a 12-month licence disqualification without a conviction recorded. He was also hit with a $5000 fine by the Western Bulldogs and received a four-game suspension.
It was reportedly revealed at the time a row with Sullivan-Thorpe was the trigger behind Hunter’s incident.
The Herald Sun reported Hunter and his childhood sweetheart were involved in a big fight. According to friends quoted by the newspaper, Hunter then left to seek an escape from the dispute and was travelling to teammate Billy Gowers’ house when he allegedly crashed a Toyota SUV into parked cars in the suburb of Middle Park.
The Herald Sun reports the argument with Sullivan-Thorpe “rocked” Hunter and left him in an out-of-sorts headspace.
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