Beautiful Story About Sibling, Big Sister Was Giving Birth To Little Sister’s Twins Because Of ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ
WHITTIER – Born 13 months apart, Morgan Williams and her sister, Maggie Paxton, grew up almost as ᴄʟᴏsᴇ as twins. They became ᴄʟᴏsᴇr after Paxton got a ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs ᴏF ᴀɴ ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ two years ago, and ᴄʟᴏsᴇr still as Williams prepares to give birth in a few days to Paxton’s twin girls. Big sister volunteered to sᴇʀᴠᴇ ᴀs ᴀ ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ after Paxton’s ᴏɴᴄᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ ᴀᴅᴠɪsᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇʀ ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴇ-Fᴜᴇʟᴇᴅ ɪɴᴠᴀsɪᴠᴇ ᴅᴜᴄᴛᴀʟ ᴄᴀʀᴄɪɴᴏᴍᴀ could return if she became pregnant.
“That was way ᴡᴏʀsᴇ than finding out that I had ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ. Who was 30 at the time and had been trying to conceive. It was that unknown of are we going to adopt, am I ever going to be a mom? With the ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ, I knew I’m going to do chemo, I’m going to have sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ.” said Paxton
Williams, 33, a single mom to a 9-year-old daughter, ɪᴍᴍᴇᴅɪᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ᴏFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴀʀʀʏ a child for her sister.
“I just said to her, ‘I’ll do it. Don’t worry about it. Let’s just focus on getting you healthy. All my life I’ve always been the older sister, the protector, looking out for her.” Williams said
Paxton, 32, saw a fertility doctor and underwent egg retrieval four days before starting six ʀᴏᴜɴᴅs ᴏF ᴄʜᴇᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ. A double mastectomy then followed.
The following summer, in June 2016, two embryos created from Paxton’s eggs and sperm from her husband, Danny, were transferred into Williams. Money from family and fundraisers by friends helped pay for the Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴄʏ ᴄᴏsᴛs.
Williams is scheduled for an induction Monday. The twins will be named Emery Layne and Deeanna Nicole. Paxton, a campus supervisor and volleyball coach at Troy High School in Fullerton, said she has recovered from her ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ɪs ɪɴ ʀᴇᴍɪssɪᴏɴ.
“I feel fine,I have mild sɪᴅᴇ ᴇFFᴇᴄᴛs Fʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴇ ʙʟᴏᴄᴋᴇʀs that I’m on. Or sʏᴍᴘᴀᴛʜʏ ᴘᴀɪɴs for me,” Williams said.
As the sisters, both of whom live in Whittier, sat next to each other Thursday, Williams pulled Paxton’s hand to her belly once she felt the babies move.
“It’s kind of become a ᴊᴏᴋᴇ. Sometimes I tell her, ‘Your kids are driving me ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ. They’re going to be in a timeout when they come out because they’re keeping me up all night.” Williams said
Paxton said she’s worried about seeing her sister go through the ᴘᴀɪɴ of labor, recalling her experience in the delivery room when her niece was born. Williams said she’s excited to carry the babies. She said she’s not worried about the postpartum emotions of giving birth to babies that she won’t take home.
“I’m excited to see my sister become a mom and to watch her in this ᴀᴅᴠᴇɴᴛᴜʀᴇ,I don’t think I’m going to have that big of an issue because I’m going to see them and I’m going to be ᴘᴜᴍᴘɪɴɢ and they need their milk.”she said
The sisters have decorated the babies’ nursery together, shopped for maternity clothes and attended four baby showers, including one where Paxton surprised Williams by asking guests to bring gifts for her instead of the twins.
“I wanted her to feel special in that moment, Williams said she feels fulfilled knowing her sister and brother-in-law will have a family. She even volunteered to do it again. We’ve always been ᴄʟᴏsᴇ. I didn’t think it would be possible to be ᴄʟᴏsᴇr, and then this happened.” Paxton said.