Hi Liz, thank you for posting your story on here. This is just what I needed to read and it has given me hope that some day in the future I could well have a baby.
I am new to this site and have only just been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 29. I miscarried our first baby back in November at 20 weeks and have just this week found out I am pregnant again. However, after discussing it with our consultant my husband and I have made the heart breaking decision not to go ahead with the pregnancy. I need to concentrate on getting myself through what is to come.
Thank you once again, congratulations and all the best for the future.
What a lovely story, just recently diagnosed and was feeling rather low your story brought a tear to my eye and gave me hope.
Congratulations and good luck in the future xx
Liz thank you so much for your post, just what i needed to hear. so happy to hear you are doing so well and are so happy!!
all the best, take care.
Thank you so much for sharing your good news, this is my first time on this forum as I read your story I was in floods of tears it was like reading about myself. I am desperate to be a mum but feel that a massive pause button has been put on my life. Reading your story gives me so much hope so thank you!
Best of luck to you and your new family x
CONGRAULATIONS! soo good to read this story. I was only 22 when i was diagnosed and i couldnt freeze any eggs so was left very upset. Reading this as gave me hope that one day it just might happen. Thank you and best wishes!! x
This made me cry what a lovely ending to a awful story. My mums just been diagnosed grade 2, 1.5cm, 3/5 nodes need chemo, rads, mx.
Your stories made me feel so more positive.
Good luck and enjoy being a Mummy 🙂 xx
I am posting the link to the BCC publication, 'fertility issues and breast cancer' as I think you may find it helpful. It contains information on how treatment may affect your fertility and ways of trying to preserve it. It also includes issues such as pregnancy after a diagnosis. If you would like a copy or to read this on line just follow this link:-
I hope this is helpful.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator
that's the most amazing news!!!!! Huge congratulations!!!!! I am absolutely thrilled for you. I remember you v.well cause we were dx and went through treatment around the same time.
Your happy ending has brought a tear to my eye,
I wish you all the very best for the future, sleepless nights will be upon you before you know it!! Lol!!! Totally worth it though!,
Thats so, so lovely.
I was dx just 1 month before you also aged 28 and am holding out all hope that my husband and I can try for a baby when I come of Tamoxifen and Zoladex next Sept. My periods continued all through chemo and whilst on Tamoxifen, but have been on Zoladex since march as doc thinks as my periods were still regular Tamoxifen wasn't working. Haven't had a period since starting Zoladex.
I have been told they should return when coming off it,
Fingers crossed for me and what lovely news for you,
Sorry you've had to join the club that nobody wants to be a member of. The beginning is a total rollercoaster. I was diagnosed in May aged 33 and had about 10 days from diagnosis to starting chemo. My one regret is not having researched the egg harvesting properly. My husband and I had just started trying for children when I was diagnosed.
Obviously we're not medical experts on here and can only advise from our experiences and emotions. I take it your tumour is ER+ - my cancer is too, and I went to a fertility clinic and saw a consultant who said that due to the size of my tumour, lymph node involvement and being ER+ that he wouldn't be happy giving me hormones to harvest eggs. I therefore rushed into chemo in a huge panic. My one regret is not having a second opinion as I have since met similar aged girls with a similar diagnosis who HAVE had eggs harvested and embryos stored. The whole fertility thing weighs heavily on my mind and really worries me.
We can't make any decisions for you - you need to discuss this with your oncologist, gynaecologist and fiance.
Although terrible to be diagnosed under 30, you do have age on your side with regards keeping your fertility - and being able to finish all treatment at young age to start your family. However, there are risks involved with the chemo - and these need to be explained to you in depth. Another option if you don't want to delay chemo is to have Zolodex injections which shut down your ovaries - but my oncologist didn't believe in this (but many do) and said that there wasn't enough proof that it protected fertility and there was a risk of cancer cells being in the ovaries and not getting zapped by the chemo if the ovaries are switched off. Again - I wish I'd got a second opinion on this as it seems that many other oncologists don't agree with that.
Unfortunately all the experts can do is give us educated opinions and some of them vary quite alot!! At the end of the day it is YOU that has to live with the consequences of any decisions made, so you need to think/talk things through properly - and if that involves more appointments to ask many, many more questions, I'd do it!!
Good luck, and let us know how it all goes.
Hi, so sorry to hear of your dx. I was diagnosed march 2010 at age 36, I had two boys already but was trying for a third. Your periods are likely to come back after chemo but not definitely, and even if they do the eggs could have been damaged. Have you seen a fertility specialist yet? I would definitely see the expert ASAP if not. I went to a young women's forum this year and a fertility consultant was one of the speakers and was fantastic. He was from Liverpool women's hospital and they have a 2 week target to see and prioritise ladies in your position, so your health authority may have similar? He told us about natural IVF where they take an egg from your natural cycle without having to stimulate your body with hormones. Maybe that could be an option? There's a couple of threads I will bump up for you, one has a fantastic paper about fertility and pregnancy post breast cancer, and the other is a collection of experiences forum members have posted about if their periods returned and when. My own view is that if possible I would go for having some embryos frozen now. You will be young enough to use them WHEN you get through this. I'm wishing I'd considered it more seriously now that I'm 18 months post diagnosis but it's so hard to think beyond terror at your stage. Listen to your doctors too, as much will depend on your individual diagnosis, size, grade,spread and type of tumour, how oestrogen positive it is etc.
All the very very best to you
Hi everyone - this is my first post on here, I was diagnosed a month ago and i feel like i have been in a whirlwind ever since. I had my lump removed last week and chemo is due to start soon. I was introduced to the idea of fertility preservation and IVF and have seen a specialist however I have been told i am too late in my current period cycle and would now need to wait 2 weeks at least before they could do an egg harvest. I am struggling with the decisions i am having to make at 29 years old. I have a wonderful fiance who is fully supportive but i so desperately want a family with him but don't want to risk the cancer coming back or increasing my chances of it coming back by delaying chemo to do IVF or doing IVF and increasing my hormone levels. This post has given me hope but any advice on IVF would be really appreciated.
What a lovely story - so inspiring. This is my first time back on here for a while and when I read this tears ran down my face.
I am so pleased for you, what wonderful news when you were dreading the worst. Personally, I am 2 years 8 months from diagnosis (was diagnosed whilst breast feeding my son) and always thought a further pregnancy wasn't a possibility. Your post has given me hope, thankyou and good luck with everything. I love it when we can stick the big finger up at cancer xxx
I have just logged back in and am so happy to see all your lovely responses. I'm glad it's made some of you feel positive - that's exactly what I wanted as I so wanted to find stories of people who had their lives back when I was bald and cross and feeling like crap. I know how rough and rubbish it is to be in the middle of it all, and to want to know what your life will be like when you (with everything crossed) come out the other side. I wish you all good luck and good health with the pesky bloomin cancer. Sending lots of love xx
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was in a similar position to you and I went on to have 2, one of each, they are a constant source of joy and the best reason in the worls to keep on fighting...wishing you a wonderful pregnancy...enjoy XXXX jeanettexx P.s if youe look very closely in my avitar (profile pic) you can see them sitting there on that log!
What an absolutely fantastic story, wishing you and your little family a very happy and bright future. Well done x
This is such a good story, my mum is 46 and has recently been diagnosed with secondaries, so these storys are always a pleasure to read between us as mum and daughter xx
What a brilliant post!
I was diagnosed when I was 23, I'm nerly 3.5 years done the line and have not got my periods back (although I am still on the Tamoxifen and Zoladex) and I know pregnancy wont be an option until my treatment is done, but I do worry about being infertile and never being able to give my fiance children.
This story has made me smile so much! Makes me think that it might work out ok for me too!!!
Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy 🙂
Thank you for sharing your story - just lovely. I am sat here smiling for you. With every good wishes to you and your partner and your 2012 baby.
I dont know you Liz - but I have just read your post and wanted to send my congratulations to you and your partner! What wonderful news and after what must have been such a truamatic experience for you. Stay happy and healthy and enjoy the new family life you have ahead of you.
Thanks so much for posting your fantastic news and congratulations to you and your partner!
CONGRATULATIONS!! What a lovely story - and what an amazing result when you must have been worried about what the outcome of the biopsy was going to be! Fantastic! And thank you so, so much for sharing your news with us (and for replying to my other post) and giving us other young 'uns hope.
Oh Liz, that is just fantastic. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your wonderful news xxxxxxx
Hi Liz, thank you so much for posting your good news, it really made me smile with a tear of joy, all the best for your future, Simone xxx
Hi Liz ,fantastic news .I wish you all the best and enjoy your baby when he or she arrives .
Its great to hear a good news story on here and it must give lots of the younger ladies (lol i am only 42 )on here hope for a family in the future .Its really kind of you to come on and share your good news ,as you say its what we are all looking for.
Take care and let us know when baby arrives .Love Sharon xxx
This has given me such hope, I was just 31 when I was diagnosed in February this year and all I want is a family, I have found that side of it so devastating, congratulation on your happy news!!, thanks for posting it. I really wish you a safe pregnancy.
Thank you for sharing your fantastic story, it gives us all hope, sending you lots of love and light
This is such a wonderful thing and I thank you for sharing it with us. I am an 'older lady' at 50 and think that it is so important to hear of the good that can follow what is a very traumatic and stressful time. I wish you so much happiness and good health to share with your new baby when he or she arrives. Brilliant news! J.
Against all the odds, what a fantastic story, you will give many others so much hope, many, many congratulations xx
I'm so happy for you, such a nice post to read.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story 🙂 All the very best with everything.
Thank you for sharing your lovely story. It brought tears to my eyes. I am 45 and have had my family and have had a good life with no ill health til this year!
Without sounding patronising I find it is so hard when younger women are affected. So many other issues thrown into the mix so what a great story to share!
Thank you Carolyn x
Liz what a lovely good news story. To have had breast cancer so young is absolutely awful - and robs you of so much. I am so glad it didn't manage to take it all. I hope your pregnancy goes on to a joyful conclusion - do come back and tell us about your little one.
Thank you so much for posting this. It made me fill up with happy tears just reading it. I'm wishing you all the very very very best . Enjoy your time with your little one, xxxxx
I hope you don't mind me posting this. When I was diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer in Feb 2007 aged 28 I looked long and hard for happy ending stories and I found some, but not many that seemed relevant to me so I hope my story might help some of you feel positive about the future.
My tumour was HER2 positive, 8cms, grade 3 and had spread to 14/25 lymph nodes. I had full mastectomy and node clearance, 15 chemo cycles, 5 weeks of rads and herceptin which carried on until August 2008. I had tried an IVF cycle to freeze eggs before chemo but it hadn't worked.
During this my marriage broke down, but gradually I got my life back met someone new, moved house and we started talking about having a family. Then I was told chemo had left my infertile - my FSH was 87 (normal is under 10) and my AMH (ovarian reserve) was 0.07 -undetectable. We started talking about adoption and other options. In the meantime I was sent for a biopsy as I was still having periods which according to my hormone levels shouldn't have been happening. Anyway, the long and short of it is that before the biopsy they did a pregnancy test to make sure and I was pregnant!
I am now 22 weeks, healthy, happy and doing well. Cancer is still a shadow. I know that it could come back. But my oncologist has assured me that pregnancy does not increase my risk of recurrence and the fact I had chemo does not pose a risk to my baby.
I am not flippant about it and I worry about what happens if I become ill and putting a child through it. But after going through so much, and putting my family through so much, to feel that I have the life I wanted is brilliant. There is hope. I wanted other people going through the nightmare of cancer and how much it takes from you to know that it doesn't have to take everything.