Thankfully I have now been in remission for 7 years but have to live with life long side effects.
Early menopause is a hard one to deal with especially as the Gynecologist I had to see for HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) said they could have helped me, if only I had been originally sent to see her. If only the hospital had a holistic approach for cancer patients.
I am officially launching a campaign for the awareness on #Cancer and #Fertility for all cancer patients called "The Vicious Cycle Campaign" and I'm also using the hashtag 💔 #HiddenHeartache 💔 because it's something painful that's hidden in society especially if you're young and infertile. I want to raise awareness so women know the options available (as it takes longer to save women's eggs and men usually get their fertility preserved, as it's quicker) and asking to see a fertility specialist. I would prefer if all oncologists brought up the subject with every patient because for some patients it's so traumatic finding out they have cancer that they might not even be thinking clearly enough or may forget to even ask about fertility and that's why I believe they shouldn't be putting this pressure on the patient to ask because they have so much to worry about already.
This is something I am really passionate about. I know it can vary throughout the UK for different women and I want my campaign to make sure there's equal opportunities for all women and men regardless who their doctor is or area they live in.
I want the protocol to be the same for everyone in the UK rather than being hit and miss for patients or a postcode lottery.
I'm in contact with organisations like Create Fertility, British Fertility Society, Fertility Network (UK), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, NHS England, National Institute for Health Research, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Cancer charities etc.
If you're a cancer patient whose experienced this or was offered the choice then please get in touch privately ( email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you would like to share a quote about your experience. Don't worry I can put you down as anonymous if you wanted.
I'm blogging about it soon on my cancer blog - www.copingwiththebigc.co.uk
Thank you very much, Becki 🎗💕 - Coping with the Big C xx
Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and Young People Society (CATS UK) on twitter showing support for The Vicious Cycle campaign.