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Wonderful Sister Volunteers As Surrogate For Her Own Identical Twin And Winds Up With The Best Maternity Photos Ever

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(Photo: Allison Rose Photography)

Identical twin sisters Dawn Ardolino Policastro, right, and Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker, left, just had the loveliest maternity shoot with Allison Rose Photography, and both sisters took part because Dawn is carrying Allison’s baby for her as a gestational surrogate.

According to Buzzfeed, in 2009 Allison was 30 weeks pregnant with her son, Dylan, when she discovered she had stage 3 breast cancer. It was starting to spread and she needed to start chemotherapy immediately, which meant Dylan had to be delivered by C-section at 31 weeks. With a new baby and a C-section wound, Allison then had to go through six months of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. On top of that, her oncologist told her that if she survived the cancer, she would not be able to get pregnant again, and Allison and her husband had always planned on having two children.

“It doesn’t matter, because I am going to carry their child,” Allison says her wonderful sister Dawn said to the oncologist as soon as he broke the news.

Now, six years later, Dawn has delivered Allison’s healthy new baby boy, Hudson Dinkelacker. The twins are very close and live just three blocks from each other. Dawn has two sons, ages 7 and 3. Allison’s son Dylan is 6, and Hudson is just 9 days old. Allison has been cancer-free for six years.

“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months?” Allison wrote to her sister. “You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never have.”

That’s so sweet. And one of the most impressive things about this story is that Dawn knew that she was carrying a boy, but Allison wanted to be surprised, so Dawn kept it a secret the whole time. Now I feel a little guilty for spoiling my sister on everything that happens in Game of Thrones.