JUNE 5, 2012

So Derek has been out of town this week and I had the greatest intentions to blog but just no energy at the end of the day. So, as I recover from surgery I am going to catch you up on my week!

June 5… My cousin, Brooke, and I went to the fertility doctor today. Going into today I knew I wanted to freeze my eggs to make sure I had a better chance of pregnancy after I finished my treatments. The doctor explained In Vitro Fertilisation and how it was the best shot for pregnancy. We would need to get started with the injections that very day. Brooke and I left to get lunch and were to return at 2:30. During our “lunch break” I spoke to both my oncologist and breast surgeon about my decision to do IVF. They both quickly told me in the most professional way “absolutely not.” My cancer is estrogen positive. If I was to get the high levels of hormones given during IVF I would have been “feeding” my cancer, ultimately causing my cancer to metastasize in another part of my body such as my brain, liver or lungs. This is where the real problems set in. I would ultimately be giving myself a cancer that would put a time frame on my life. So…. no IVF.

Instead I will be getting a lupron shot which drastically cuts down my estrogen production, which will temporarily shut down my ovaries, sending me into early menopause. Hopefully full menopause won’t set in and after my treatments, my ovaries will regain their normal functions. I have five  years of treatment, so I won’t know until then what my fertility options are, if any. It is really overwhelming to think about and not at all what I was hoping to do when I went into the fertility doctor this morning. It was a very long and hard day. All and all we were at the doctor from 9 am to 4:30. Lots of tears and disappointment. On day at a time.

XOXO

heather

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About georgiajames

Business girl. Designer. Artist. Wife. You can find me in my studio, driving all over town, or at home with my dogs -- always with my phone in hand. Also addicted to blogs, photography, diet coke, and making things happen.
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2 Responses to JUNE 5, 2012

  1. Heidi says:

    Ohh, this breaks my heart for you! You said it best – “One day at a time…”

    Hugs, Heather…

  2. Tara says:

    I saw your blog from Denise’s post on facebook page and have tried to check in on your blog on occasion. I am really inspired by your story. You are a very strong, brave woman.

    I am 34 and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year. While, I haven’t gone through everything you have/will, I can certainly empathize with your feelings especially regarding having children. I do have 1 child, but am not able to have any more unless I get 2 clean scans. My last scan wasn’t quite clean, so I will have to wait another year at least.

    It is very hard to have someone tell you you can’t have kids for a certain number of years and also that your treatment could affect your chances of getting pregnant. My treatment also could have reduced my chances of conceiving a baby. I know we aren’t fighting the same battle (meaning we have different forms of cancer), but I do feel connected to others who are going through cancer at a young age. Feel free to contact me if you like.

    I know so many people who have beat breast cancer. It is the most researched cancer there is, so the treatment is so much better than any other form, really. (One of my friends who had it (and beat it) told me that and I thought it was such a great way to look at things).

    I know you have a tough road ahead and you have been hitting several bumps in the road lately, but I feel you will beat this and you will have children when this is all said and done. You and your family will be in my prayers. Keep the faith!

    A good book I found was Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do. I feel it is very positive and gives you things you can do on your own to help you feel more in control of this. THat is one of the hard parts too is feeling your life is in the hands of doctors and there is little you can do to control what is happening. This book helps you realize there are things you can do to improve your health, immune system, faith and mental state. I think he even wrote a book specifically for breast cancer.

    Sending healing thoughts your way. Take care!

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