As I am triple negative I am able to fit inIVF treatment before chemo.  My cancer does not feed on estrogen therefore it is not dangerous to have the estrogen injections necessary for IVF.

I had not realised the IVF process was so intense. It was all very last minute and on top of having so many hospital appointments I was shocked to see my new schedule.  I need to get blood taken every other morning in Middlesbrough (half an hour drive) on some if these days I also need an internal scan.  I also inject myself each morning and night and take antibiotics. 

I had a lot of appointments at the start to learn how to inject and go through the legal process of it all.  I also needed to seek funding,  you don’t get funded if you already have a child. When I get my eggs collected I’ll be sedated but awake.  I feel quite nervous about it as it last twenty minutes,  it’s performed by a man and I’ll feel bloated after with a feeling similar to period pain. 

Despite all this I’m very very lucky to have this opportunity.  Chemotherapy can kill your eggs so this is a back up for me.  I may be one of the lucky ones and get my periods back so I’ll be able to conceive naturally if not I’ll be back to boro for my frozen embryos 🙂  

Update 27 September 2016

I had my eggs collected today and it went really well,  17 eggs collected,  14 good enough to use and 11 fertilised via ICSE. I have bad cramps,  bleeding and have lost my dignity with legs up in sterips and a light shining onto my V but hey it’s all worth it 🙂 I am so pleased to have the opportunity to go through the IVF process during this nightmare. 

Still smiling,  ready for egg collection and feeling hopeful 🙂 


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