The moment Nikki Cook discovered that she was pregnant with twins was bittersweet.
Finally, she and husband Terry would have the family they’d always wanted, but she didn’t know if he would live to see them grow up.
Just a year earlier, Terry had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, aged just 38.
“We carried on trying for a baby, even after Terry was diagnosed with MND,” says 35-year-old Nikki. “There is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease. Some sufferers are still around after 20 years so that is something to hold on to.
“Still I couldn’t believe it when it happened. Doctors think Terry is the first person living with MND to become a dad!”
Yet Nikki’s own childhood is a poignant reminder of the troubled times that lie ahead. Nikki, a teacher, watched her own father succumb to the disease in his mid-30s.