Salpingo-Oophorectomy: More Fun to Say than to Do

I finally bit the bullet and made a date for surgery: on August 23rd, I will undergo a salpingo-oophorectomy and total hysterectomy. That means that I will have my fallopian tubes (salpingo-) and ovaries (oophorectomy) removed, and undergo a total hysterectomy (removal of the entire uterus and cervix, with vaginal reconstruction). Just typing this makes … Continue reading Salpingo-Oophorectomy: More Fun to Say than to Do

The Hardest Decision I Didn’t Get to Make

Coming to terms with the loss of my fertility has been one of the most difficult parts of my breast cancer diagnosis. My cancer is estrogen-receptor positive, which means that any estrogen in my body fuels tumor growth. Unfortunately, a pregnancy creates a tremendous amount of estrogen in a woman's body.¬†After my original diagnosis, I … Continue reading The Hardest Decision I Didn’t Get to Make