What I Was Told About My Fertility When I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer...

(In)Fertility After Breast Cancer, Vol 2, No 5 (December 2017)

Some parts of being a woman with breast cancer are the same no matter your age. The anxiety that comes with the post-treatment scans. The concerns over hair-loss. But there are some aspects to being a young woman with breast cancer that are vastly different from being the median age of diagnosis – the one at the top of the heap is fertility. For some women, chemo merely pumps the brakes on their family planning, bringing post-cancer “miracle” children a little later. For others, cancer treatment and early menopause halt all future babies. In that case, decisions shift to IVF, surrogacy, adoption, or coming to terms with a new reality. And what if you have Stage IV? What options for starting a family do you have then? Do you have a fertility after-diagnosis story to tell?

For this month's Reader Question, we want to hear from the anyone  for whom fertility after diagnosis (under 42) was an issue. Answer one or more of the following questions in the form below.

When I was diagnosed, I was told to expect ______ about my fertility.


To protect my ability to have future children I did _________. 


In the years following my diagnosis, __________ has been my fertility situation.


What I wish I knew about how fertility can be affected when I was diagnosed.

Answers to this question will be printed in the (In)Fertility After Breast Cancer issue of Wildfire to be published on or around December 30th. If we choose to print your story, you'll receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to Wildfire. Deadline for submissions is midnight on November 15th, 2017. 

Please submit your story using the following form. Note that printed answers may be edited slightly for clarity or length (keep your answers under 300 words total to minimize the liklihood of editing). We look forward to hearing from you!

Name (last name is optional)
Name (last name is optional)
This is optional, but please include at least one piece of geography info if you can.
If you have been diagnosed more than once you can enter your age for those subsequent diagnoses below.
Diagnosis Details: Stage *
Diagnosis Details: Specifics *
Diagnosis Details: More Specifics (optional)
Use this space to include your age and diagnosis details if you were diagnosed with breast cancer more than once.
Keep your answers to 300 words to avoid editing for length.
Check all that apply.

Thank you so much!