You are all going to have to forgive me as there are bits and pieces that I left out as my memory hasn’t been the same since I’ve undergone chemotherapy. Chemo brain is a real, unfair thing.
One thing I forgot to mention was the first round of cancer was a time where I needed to decide whether or not fertility was absolutely important to me. I remember as a teenager I was so set on adoption. I was scared of having my own kids, scared may be an understatement. I was absolutely terrified! I was stupid at that age too because I had unprotected sex a couple times…contradicts how I felt about getting pregnant, right? I’m going to bleed my truth out to you little by little. Honesty will help, especially to some of you scared to end up in the same situation.
The thing I didn’t realize was adoption could be my only option from now on. Radiation does a number on your reproductive system especially when you have a woman specific cancer. I didn’t know whether or not I was going to lose my reproductive system in this battle. My oncologist referred me to the fertility clinic to see if it was something I was interested in doing. Freezing my eggs could be beneficial in the future.
This visit was so overwhelming and terrifying. I went by myself (dumb idea). I filled out paperwork to receive more information about financial help from LIVESTRONG. I got the information along with a yellow bracelet which I wore through my treatments. I did not go through with freezing my eggs because I did not want to give myself multiple injections each day and the time frame between then and chemo was not long enough. I just wanted the cancer to be gone.
There are days where I’m absolutely sad that I may never be able to have my own children and then I face the facts…what if I never want to have children? And to me, that’s okay too. Children are not a necessity to a happy life.
Another aspect that really bugged me was trying to plan a future with my loved one and there was a fear that I wouldn’t be there. I must say there is a lot of guilt behind loving someone so much, wanting marriage and a long life together yet you can’t promise that you’ll be here for them. I have to stress this, as I have learned, WE ARE NEVER GUARANTEED A TOMORROW. It is true. I have seen what a couple of my classmates have endured with their relationships. They had a great future planned out and in a blink of an eye their futures were taken from them. I respect and admire these two women as they have been through hell and back more than once. Just know that God has a plan, a wonderful, beautiful plan for the both of you, Mandi and Trish. You are resilient women!
My relationship failed because we couldn’t communicate correctly. Where we both loved each other dearly, we couldn’t make it work and it’s okay. I would much rather have him in my life as a friend than not at all. Steven, you were there for me when I needed someone the most. I can’t thank you enough for sticking by my side. I wish the best for your future and hope someone will love you just as much as I do. You are such a talented, smart, and handsome man. Even if you don’t read this, I hope someone tells you what I wrote about you. I am so happy that you branched back out into poetry scene. You WILL succeed and I believe that with all my heart!
I will continue to write as I feel and I hope you all keep with me, leave me feedback, questions, etc. I need to stay connected. So much love to my readers! I’m staying strong and moving forward one step at a time.
(Photo by me).