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Genevievek8Genevievek8 Member Posts: 2
Hey everyone, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 37 and have had Lumpectomy and Sentinal Node Biopsy. Good news is that it was removed successfully with margins clear and nodes are negative. It is Grade 3 though so still need to go through Chemo, Radio etc. 

Just wanted to see if anyone was in the same position as me as I am single and have not had children. My doctor wants me to see fertility specialist before I start chemo, but I am just unsure if I want to put my body through harvesting eggs just before Chemo. It's been a bit hectic on my brain thats for sure!

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  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,163
    Hi lots to learn and info to absorb.  Given your age perhaps join this group 
    https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/group/10-young-women

    Our @SoldierCrab has put together a welcome with links

    your way around the forum and also how to find a breast care nurse and how to order a MY journey Kit if you haven't got one yet. 

    It can be a a whirlwind when we first get a diagnosed.... Breathe and take it one step at a time. 

    The what and how thread.

    http://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/discussion/14879/the-what-and-how-thread/p1 

    Breast Care Nurses

    https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/OurMission/OurNurses/FindANurse.aspx 

    My Journey Kits and other resources. 

    https://www.bcna.org.au/resources/

    BCNA Helpline 1800 500 258

    If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information or support please call 1800 500 258.  The Helpline is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am till 5 pm EST and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am till 9 pm EST.

     

     

    How to understand your pathology reports

    https://www.cancer.org/treatment/understanding-your-diagnosis/tests/understanding-your-pathology-report/breast-pathology/breast-cancer-pathology.html

     

  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,163
    @genevievek8

    Hopefully the above will help and what a so and so you're in this predicament 

    Take care
  • FinchFinch MelbourneMember Posts: 302
    @Genevievek8 I've had virtually the same diagnosis as you back in February. I was clear margins, node clear, grade 3. But I'm a lot older than you at 58 so can't help you with your questions about egg harvesting. Sorry you've found yourself here, welcome and wishing you all the very best as you start your treatment. Take care xxxx
  • LMK74LMK74 BrisbaneMember Posts: 795
    Hi @Genevievek8, I am single no kids and was 42 turning 43 last year when diagnosed. I was also asked did I want kids in the future prior to starting chemo. My decision was easy for me (a big fat resounding NO). I felt I was too old to be just having babies, plus I've never been keen on the idea. As your a bit younger it's something only you can decide. If having children is something you really want them I'd have a chat about options. There's a chance chemo will leave you infertile. It's a lot to consider at the start and can be overwhelming. Lots of support here. 
    Hugs Lisa.
  • JoeyLizJoeyLiz Member Posts: 333
    Hi there,
    I was 31 when diagnosed and about to start trying for no. 2 so we did egg harvesting. Daily hormone injections, a few internal ultrasounds to check on egg size and then the harvest, about 3 hours in hospital with minimal pain after, whole process took bout 2 wks. But it was emotional and stressful but I'm glad I did it as we have 3 embryos in the freezer. I had zoledex for varian suppression during my chemo, they couldn't tell me if/hen my periods would return but it only took a month,
    Good luck with your decisions and treatment x
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