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Amy's friend
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   Posted 12/7/2004 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, first I would like to thank all of you who responded and provided me with suggestions in the best way to help my friend Amy.  Amy is 37 and single without children.  Children are very important to her and it is hard for her to think of life without them.  I spoke with Amy today and she is trying to find out information about having some eggs frozen.  She lives in Iowa and the University of Iowa said they only freeze embryos, which she doesn't have.  She is trying to find out more information about this, but I wondered if anyone had any information to share regarding this.  Thank you in advance for taking time to respond and help me.
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   Posted 12/7/2004 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, this certainly is a concern. There is a great resource book called Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book. In it, she mentions this very issue. What I have read is that it is not a good idea. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, usually hormones are not advised. This means birth control pills, estrogen for menopause, etc. In order to harvest eggs (not sure if they can do just eggs), there is a significant amount of hormonal treatment one must endure. It might be hard to find a doctor willing to administer those medications to a BC survivor. In addition, she would have to have injections and hormonal treatments if they were to plant an embryo in her at a later date.

Please help her know that there are other options too. First of all, her fertility may not be impacted. I did chemo at age 31 and 5 years later, have not skipped a period. The BC diagnosis is very new to her right now, and she really needs time to get a plan of attack. There will be time to talk about children, whether she can have them naturally, or via adoption, surrogacy, foster parenting, etc.


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   Posted 12/7/2004 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Amy's Friend:

Amy needs to concentrate on the now, for now.  I know how she feels though.  You want to handle any possible condition right now.  I know I did.  MK got me back on track with her famous line "don't worry till there is something to worry about", (sorry MK if I stepped on your toes).

Help her take it one day at a time.



Many Holiday Blessings to All



Life may not be the party

 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

well dance.

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   Posted 12/8/2004 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Candy. It certainly is my favorite line. It has worked for me so many times when I faced little problems in life. I think it is good advice for Amy as well as all the good advice Lori offered. I certainly have nothing else I can add. Hugs MK

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