I’m guessing that being diagnosed with cancer at any age can be scary, and being diagnosed as a single 34 year old woman certainly has its moments. In particular, I’ve had to think about some difficult questions, e.g. will lymphoma affect my ability to have children or meet that special someone?
Fortunately, via modern technology and a generous fertility clinic (PCRM in Vancouver), I can put the first question to rest (the second one is a bit more difficult). I’m currently pumped full of estrogen and my ovaries – the size of small grapefruits – are in overdrive to mature multiple eggs for retrieval or “harvest” on Thursday. I’m freezing my eggs!
While the process has been a bit of a whirlwind, I feel extremely grateful that egg freezing is an option prior to treatment. Taking this step provides an opportunity to decide if I want to have children one day, rather than lymphoma and treatment deciding for me. It also gives me a sense of control, during a time when so many things are uncertain and unknown.
I feel extremely blessed! Here’s hoping the fall harvest is abundant!
P.S. The harvest was extremely fruitful. 32 eggs harvested in all. For a sneak peak, take a look below!