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Jul 19, 2011 01:38PM
Sorry for the long silence. Rachel, you must be soooo excited! I hope the last few weeks of your pregnancy go well.
Alethei, I'm so sorry to hear that you are in this position too. Do take heart though, I was 37 when diagnosed and my periods returned after 6 rounds of FECT. My fertility is not great now, but I have a hunch that I could conceive naturally if I had that option (my husband has fertility issues that mean we have to use donor sperm so it isn't an option for us) and I've certainly heard of that happening for other women. i can't remember the exact statistic quoted to me about the percentage of young women who get through chemo with fertility intact and age is very much on your side. It is fairly good odds. My oncologist, from one of the top hospitals in the UK is firm that pregnancy does not increase risk of recurrance in women who have had breast cancer. My advice would be to focus on getting through the next few months and looking after yourself. Bottom line is, that it is possible to have children after breast cancer.
Hi Illinois native, thanks for the good luck wishes. Good luck to you too as you reach the home strait. Such good news that you have embryos. I hope it has all gone well.
I'd be very happy to share my experiences with you both when you are ready.
As for me, well I'm still trying to start IVF. I've had three periods and three scans. Each one suggested that I have an ovarian cyst. Not a problem normally, but means that I can't progress with stimulation and egg collection. Unfortunately, they only realised part way through the first IVF cycle, so I've lost one funding round. I've got one left and have to start that in the next three months before I turn 40. Talk about the biological clock ticking! The whole process has been frustrating and played havoc with work - how can you plan anything when every three weeks you may, or may not have IVF!! On the plus side, they can see some follicles in my ovaries so despite my low AMH reading (a test all post chemo young women should take to get an idea of ovarian reserve), I could conceive. I just need to be able to try. I'm doing ok, holding it together, but sometimes just have a good sob to myself. Like today when a friend of mine with two school age kids announced her third pregnancy. I just wasn't expecting it, I guess, normally you can spot the potential mothers and mentally prepare! Soo, it's a bit up and down, but at least I have a chance to try. And if it's not successful I'm going to the Maldives. And there's always egg donation, I guess.
Love and hugs to you all
3/9/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+