Posted on behalf of new user Hannah - Jo, Facilitator
Hi, I hope my story may help. When I was diagnosed in 2007, I spent many hours, weeks and months, in fact years searching for good news stories about people having babies after breast cancer and at last I have one of my own. I was diagnosed in 2007, aged 30, with a grade 3 HER2 tumour, which was strongly ER+ and PR+. We were already blessed with a 15 month old boy and were trying for another baby. I was absolutely devastated by the diagnosis. I struggled to accept the possibility that we might not be able to have more children and struggled to cope as everyone around me seemed to be having more babies. After 6 rounds of FEC 100 – T chemo, radiotherapy, Herceptin and 2 ½ years of Zoladex I came to the end of my treatment and waited to see whether my periods would return. 4 months later, and after some brilliant sessions of acupuncture, they returned on my birthday – I could not have asked for a better present! I went on to find out I was pregnant the following month. It seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately the pregnancy didn’t work out and I found I had miscarried at 11 weeks. Six months later I found I was pregnant again but again miscarried, this time at 13 weeks. Things felt pretty bleak but my oncologist didn’t think the miscarriages had anything to do with the cancer treatment and he and my obs and gynae consultant were both supportive of us trying again. At the end of May this year, 5 years after my initial diagnosis with breast cancer, I finally gave birth to a wonderful, perfect baby girl. We could not be more delighted or thrilled and feel absolutely blessed to have her here at last. I hope this story may give hope to anyone out there who, like me, is desperate to have children after breast cancer. I couldn’t pretend it’s been easy but I am so glad we stuck it out. Obviously I don’t know what difference either of the following made but I can certainly recommend acupuncture as a way of regulating hormones after cancer treatment and I am very grateful to my oncologist for recommending that I went on Zoladex, as he believed there was anecdotal evidence that it may help to preserve fertility during chemo. For me, the wish to have children was so strong that if we had ultimately not been able to have more children naturally, I would have been more than happy to have looked at egg donation or adoption. We were just lucky that we didn’t need to go down those routes. Being diagnosed with cancer was completely devastating but at last I feel I have some closure and am back to having the family I always hoped and dreamed of. I wish anyone else in a similar situation all the very best.