I almost gave up on IVF on several occasions. Before I could commit to IVF though, a lot of prep work was involved beyond pushing back the start date of my chemo.
Writing down your thoughts can be a powerful tool for solving problems, relieving stress and improving your outlook. I wondered, thanking the genetic counselor. I had always wanted to have kids, so the thought that this natural, human ability to carry a child might be lost was terrifying.
My initial blood work showed signs of decreased ovarian function, which meant that I would have a more difficult time getting pregnant. It was just a given — something that my body should be capable of doing without thought.
Deadline Submit entries via email along with your name, phone, and a brief bio to jill bcconnections. Cancer was stripping me of my identity.
We invite you to share your story! My doctor assured me that he still felt I was a good candidate for IVF, and I decided to start the process. Did I do this to myself?
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Another blocker stood in my way: Friends on Facebook were posting pictures of their developing baby bumps and announcing who was in their bridal party, while I was going back on birth control in order to time the production of my follicles, signing a contract about what to do with the eggs should I die and not use them, injecting myself with hormones every day twice a day for 3 weeksgetting trans-vaginal ultrasounds and having blood drawn every two days.
Prizes Three finalists will be announced on Bay Area Cancer Connections Blogwhere the community will vote for their favorite essay. Cancer has changed a lot of things for me. While my Facebook news feed was like a scroll of good cheer — engagements, holiday parties, pregnancies — I was scrutinizing incisions, refusing to look in the mirror, and getting on the phone with yet another doctor: Could I have somehow prevented it?
Essays may be written from the point of view of the patient or caregiver. IVF would entail blood work, ultra sounds, and sticking myself with needles for weeks on end. It meant that there was no answer as to why I got breast cancer.
Many people see cancer as a death sentence, but this is not how I am going to die. An anxiety attack had my mom injecting me one day; another day my hands shook so badly I inserted the needle crooked and created a nebula of a bruise on my abdomen.
Writing can help us make sense of our lives, especially through a distressing event like cancer. Along with the loss of part of my breast, the addition of multiple scars on my skin, and the fact that I was going to lose my hair, I felt like everything that made me a woman was being taken away from me.
We retrieved 11 eggs to freeze, a good number I was told. The hypothesis being one day someone would want to have kids with me. This is how I am going to live.More Contests.
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