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 🙂