AFL star Lachie Hunter’s fiance opens up on her gruelling battle with IVF

AFL star Lachie Hunter’s fiance opens up on her gruelling battle with IVF

The fiancee of Western Bulldogs star Lachie Hunter has opened up about her gruelling two-year journey trying to have children.

Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe shared a heartfelt Instagram post on Thursday detailing her struggle to fall pregnant after five rounds of IVF.

Posting a photo of herself wearing a hospital gown after her fifth and final round, Ms Sullivan-Thorpe announced that after 149 injections she was ready to move on. 

‘Time to put down the needles and start living my best life,’ she wrote.

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Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe shared a heartfelt Instagram post on Thursday, detailing her struggle to fall pregnant after five rounds of IVF

Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe shared a heartfelt Instagram post on Thursday, detailing her struggle to fall pregnant after five rounds of IVF

‘Motherhood sounds so f**king magical – I’m sure it is every bit as lovely and brilliant as everyone describes.

‘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.’

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe said the past two years had drained her ‘energy and emotional capability’ while leaving her feeling ‘helplessly out of control’.

 ‘To the women and men who walk this path, I feel so deeply for you’

‘But man it’s made me tough and emotionally I know now nothing can break me,’ she wrote.

‘Two 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.’ 

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe has been open about her struggles to fall pregnant and last December shared a video montage of her administering her hormone injections.

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe (pictured with fiance Lachie Hunter) said the past two years had been draining but made her emotionally tough

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe (pictured with fiance Lachie Hunter) said the past two years had been draining but made her emotionally tough

Pictured is Ms Sullivan-Thorpe taking her Instagram followers through her IVF journey in December of last year

The footy star's fiancee pictured administering an injection during her third round of IVF

Pictured left and right is Ms Sullivan-Thorpe taking her Instagram followers through her IVF journey in December of last year

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured enjoying a holiday last year. 'I know now nothing can break me,' she wrote in the emotional post

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured enjoying a holiday last year. ‘I know now nothing can break me,’ she wrote in the emotional post

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured in an Instagram post last year after getting engaged to her footy player partner

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured in an Instagram post last year after getting engaged to her footy player partner 

Hunter's fiancee said she was 'finally at peace with whatever the future holds for me' after her painstaiking IVF journey

Hunter’s fiancee said she was ‘finally at peace with whatever the future holds for me’ after her painstaiking IVF journey

‘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,’ she wrote last year.

The emotional post comes after a tumultuous year for her fiance. 

Just weeks ago he pleaded guilty to drink driving after smashing his car into four parked cars in Melbourne in April. 

The Western Bulldogs vice-captain (left with his fiance) pleaded guilty to drink driving after smashing his car into four parked cars in Melbourne in April

The Western Bulldogs vice-captain (left with his fiance) pleaded guilty to drink driving after smashing his car into four parked cars in Melbourne in April

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured with her footy star fiance. The Bulldogs fined Hunter, 26, $5,000, suspended him from playing for four matches and told to him to get alcohol counselling

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe pictured with her footy star fiance. The Bulldogs fined Hunter, 26, $5,000, suspended him from playing for four matches and told to him to get alcohol counselling

Hunter reportedly had a fight with Ms Sullivan-Thorpe before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated

Hunter reportedly had a fight with Ms Sullivan-Thorpe before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated

Hunter and Ms Sullivan-Thorpe got engaged in Italy in October last year

Hunter and Ms Sullivan-Thorpe got engaged in Italy in October last year 

The Bulldogs fined Hunter, 26, $5,000, suspended him from playing for four matches and told to him to get alcohol counselling, which he has complied with.

Hunter reportedly had a fight with Ms Sullivan-Thorpe before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson suspended Hunter’s licence for 12 months and fined him $1,000 without conviction.

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe said she had spoken to 'happy, loved-up women' who had still found magic in their lives without having children

Ms Sullivan-Thorpe said she had spoken to ‘happy, loved-up women’ who had still found magic in their lives without having children

He has already paid $5,000 for one of the smashed cars – a commercial vehicle – and is negotiating with insurers to pay for the rest.   

He also stepped down as vice-captain for the Bulldogs. 

Hunter and Ms Sullivan-Thorpe got engaged in Italy in October last year. 

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