Preserving fertility – Julie (2)


Julie explains why she feels that discussing fertility issues with women undergoing treatment for breast cancer ought to be a matter of routine.


Yes, the fertility subject was a little difficult for me. I didn’t have much time to decide if I wanted to freeze egg cells. I think I had two days. I just had… it was a short time after my surgery; I was recovering from my operation. I had an infection and I think I didn’t even tell my spouse at the time. I didn’t really have time. And he had already told me that we had one child and he was fine with it. But for me, in my mind I always wanted to have 2 or 3 kids. I would have liked my daughter to have brothers and sisters. And finally, very quickly I decided that I wouldn’t freeze my eggs because I didn’t want to go through another kind of process and then… The… When I was reading about the success rate of in vitro fertilization and all that after, it was not reassuring. So I told myself: “Why would I go through this now? I am going through a lot and if I become infertile because of the chemo, well that will be it.”

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