As Breast Cancer Awareness Month nears the end of October, pink ribbons provided a reminder and moment of silence for those touched by cancer while offering a medical cue to schedule a mammogram. Decades ago, it was a disease plagued by stigma. But with celebrities having spoken out about their personal experiences with their own breast cancer surgeries, treatments and reconstruction procedures, the stigma has been demystified and women have become empowered.
Cancer does not discriminate. It affects women of all ages, including those who are still in their reproductive years. When a woman hears such a diagnosis, following the shock and fear, she glances ahead at what awaits her which may include surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy.
As the executive director of an international egg donation and surrogacy agency, some women who are unable to become pregnant and carry their own children may require a surrogate after having undergone cancer treatments. While some women are able to become pregnant after treatments, there are a group of women who face infertility.
Each patient is unique and so is the treatment her medical experts may recommend. Nevertheless, if a woman has not started or completed having her family, she comes at a crossroads after her diagnosis. Through the remarkable strides of third-party reproduction, before a woman begins her treatments she has the choice to harvest her eggs and have them frozen.
Rather than being reactive regarding any future infertility issues, women can now be proactive. In addition to teaming up with her medical specialists, she can also partner with a fertility doctor if she desires children in the future.
The mere act of harvesting a woman’s eggs can be quite beneficial for her psychologically. While breast cancer has the ability to make a woman feel that she has lost all control, on the road of preservation fertility, she feels in control with a renewed sense of hope and something to look forward to: a baby.
Once a breast cancer patient becomes a breast cancer survivor, the timing is perfect to begin building a family. As mentioned earlier, while some women are able to become pregnant at a later date, others may be unable to become pregnant or carry a baby to full term.
And this is where a surrogate can step in and help a survivor. Women who want to become surrogate mothers do so for their own personal reasons. And one may very well be helping a woman who has fought the fight of breast cancer and is ready to rekindle that light of hope in having a baby.
To be able to help a woman who has endured multiple surgeries and treatments is immeasurable to a surrogate. And conversely, a survivor cannot begin to find the right word of thanks to say to their surrogate for the priceless gift of a baby.
The surrogate’s picturesque moment is of an intended mother holding her newborn for the very first time. It creates the memory of a lifetime.
Surrogates help break down breast cancer barriers by helping survivors live the full life they were meant to have through motherhood.