for those woman who had hodgkins and went through the chemo therapy and radiation. i understand that the chemo therapy does make it harder for us to become pregneat. just wondering if any survivors found it hard or not? also there were studies in my hospital that they are finding that woman are also at a higher risk to go through there menapause in there 30"s beause of the treatments! anyone experienced early meanpause??? its a shame that even tho the cancer is way behind me it still has a way to stop me for living a normal life which really upsets me
The following user gives a hug of support to Helen caruso: Swtkoolaid (10-27-2010)
I am a 8 year survivor of Hodgkins. I was diagnosed at age 35 and after my rounds of chemo I too went into early meno. Nobody ever really helped me with this and now I am really feeling the full affects. I just now took some blood test to determine if I am (which I know I am LOL). I have many many symptoms of meno along with Hypo Thyroid, so ya my body is a wreck right now. Hopefully soon I will have some answers and a path to feeling better. I'm glad to see that you are a survivor too thats AWESOME! As for getting pregnant I wouldn't even know where to start with that one. I had already one daughter and was not planning for anymore babies so the whole meno for me was not an issue. But to answer your question yes I went into a full blown meno after my chemo
I had non-Hodgkin's but have also been told that due to the chemo and radiation there is a high possibility that I will not be able to have children and may have premature ovarian failure. I agree it really stinks to have made it through treatments but not really ever be able to experience a "normal" life and continue to deal with a lot of late/long term effects of what saved our lives to begin with but you have to remember that a lot of people don't make it as far as we have and while it is hard and can be very disappointing to be dealing with the late/long term effects you have to try to focus on the positive and remember that we made it through the battle with cancer and are still alive and fuctioning, maybe not up to par, but better than a lot of people.
Hang in there!