Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Becoming a Mom After Cancer

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To be honest, when I was diagnosed with cancer, the possibly of becoming a mother was so far down the list of things I was concerned about.  At 30 years old and newly married, it was my life first.  Being so vulnerable – literally in survival mode.  What an awful place to be. So to even think of Becoming a Mom After Cancer wasn’t on my mind. 

How could I even imagine bringing another life into the world when mine was balancing in such a fragile state?

How is it even possible to conceive a child after ovarian cancer? 

I had one ovary completely removed.  My left ovary was engulfed inside a cancerous tumor the size of a football (21 x 10 cm).  But my other ovary remains.  With one ovary, I still ovulate and it has compensated for the loss of my other ovary so I no longer even get hot flashes (bless!). Turns out, you really can put all your eggs in one basket.

I had 4 cycles of intensive chemotherapy.  It completely knocked the wind out of me.  The fatigue was all consuming – a victory to move from my bed to the couch.  But my fertility remained.  Not all chemotherapy impacts fertility. 

Once I recovered from chemotherapy – which was a long and tumultuous road – my husband and I decided to try to have a baby.  With a suspicion that I was pregnant, we took an at home pregnancy test.  After all the lows and struggles of cancer, I wanted to give a moment back to my husband that was full to the brim with happiness.  I let him check the results.  He stood in our bathroom, picked up the test, and looked like he had hit the jackpot. 

On St. Patricks’ Day, we welcomed a very happy little boy, Maximilian.  He laughs like there is joy shining from right down in his heart. He is one lucky little boy.


Amy Morris is an Oncology Pharmacist – Cancer Survivor – Clinician – Educator – Mom Follow and connect with @amydeepharmd in the War On Cancer app

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