The needle's in. I watch the monitor to see myself flatline. Watch myself die.



First comes love, then comes marriage. Within a couple of years, it was clear that Sandra wanted to have a baby. I wanted her to be able to have a biological child of her own. I was happy with my daughter and I would have been happy to adopt a child, but I wanted Sandra to have that other option.

When Anne got pregnant with our daughter, the doctors had called it a miracle. I had had enough radiation and chemo treatments that they thought I wouldn’t be able to father children.

Back then, my doctors recommended that I store some semen in case I wanted to father a child again one day.

The years went by and I continued to pay the storage fee to the University of Alberta, where the sample was being kept. But eventually I forgot about it and I stopped sending those payments.

I called the storage facility at U of A to see if the sample was still there and, if so, if it was still viable.

The woman on the other end of the phone told me it was funny that I should call because she had come across my sample recently and wondered if I had ended up making it. She was going to call me to see if she should get rid of the sample. Despite not paying the rental fee, the sample was still there and it was still viable.

Our son was born on August 8, 2008.

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