How can you be pregnant when you had ovarian cancer? It’s tough to comprehend so let me share the details.
Firstly, and most importantly, before I say anything, I’m INCREDIBLY blessed. Hugely, ridiculously, blessed to be able to conceive after what my body has been through. My story has been rough so I’m taking the good where it comes but I completely understand that this is not the case for many cancer fighters out there.
To be honest, when I was diagnosed with cancer, the possibility of becoming a mother was so far down the list of things I was concerned about. My life was first. How could I even imagine bringing another life into the world when mine was set in such a fragile state. An awful place to be – literally survival mode. As I went through treatment and life started coming back to neutral, I realized that life could be lived a bit longer than day to day. Maybe life could be lived in years and decades again.
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in my left ovary. The football size tumor consumed my ovary to the point where it was unrecognizable. My left ovary and tumor was removed with an extensive surgery and I was put back together with 35 staples. But just one ovary was removed. The right ovary was spared – left relatively untouched. This ovary keeps me out of menopause (hallelujah!) and allowed me to have baby. It’s incredible how are bodies just keep on. The remaining ovary begins to compensate for its missing partner and I’m left feeling relatively ‘normal.’
Ok you might be thinking ‘but what about the chemo?’ The chemo I was treated with does not impact fertility. There’s a concept that all chemo ruins your chances of conceiving but not all do. Don’t get me wrong, lots and lots of chemo can limit your fertility but I was fortunate to have mind spared.
We are so excited to meet our little babe and live out this part of life.
This is my story and I understand that it’s not so clear cut for others. I get there’s struggle and heartbreak, just like every other part of cancer. You need to continue to advocate for yourself and investigate your options to protect your future (whatever that means for you).