Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Breast Cancer

My 33-year-old sister (four years younger than me) was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. It was such a shock to everyone, and for about four weeks I didn’t think about infertility at all. Not being able to conceive just doesn’t seem important in the perspective of surviving cancer.

She is fortunate in so many ways- she is small-breasted so she found the lump by accident when it was still small, she has a tremendous amount of support from friends and strangers, she has great insurance, and she is single without children.

She also doesn’t have to go to work for five months. During her last week of work, she mentioned that she is almost looking forward to chemo since it means she won’t have to chase after five-year-olds with runny noses.

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