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#1 of 6 Old 01-22-2007, 07:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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7 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy but also had some radiation. Has anyone else experienced pregnancy after cancer treatment? How did that affect (or not) the pregnancy? How did it affect breast feeding? I ask these questions and get a lot of blank looks from my obgyn/specialists. All they know is that they believe that after 5 years, all is fine and some women can breast feed after radiation and some can't. But I'd love to talk with someone who's been there or assisted someone who's been there.
I am 38 years old, in my 25th week and baby is VERY healthy - they are watching him and me closely! I'm feeling creaky (It's been 10 years since I was last pregnant!) and having braxton-hicks (there are days it seems like I'm in one perpetual contraction!) but my doctor keeps an eye on me closely and I'm not going into pre-term labor at this point. So, all the creaking I feel seems to be my older body responses (though I'm in good shape and healthy otherwise - remission for 7 years - in good health.)
Thanks! I feel so alone with this - I'd love to hear from another cancer surviving mommy-to-be!
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There was an actress, I think her name is Ann Jillian (maybe wrong but that rings a bell) That had a son after breast cancer. She did a lot of interviews and I think even wrote a book about it.
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I'm not a breast cancer survivor but wanted to chime in with some solidarity! Congrats on getting through the evil C and the evil treatment!! I had lymphoma as a child, 2 years of chemo etc, and still don't really know how it's affected me long-term: I'm worried about early menopause and long-term fertility (I'm 32). I had a super-healthy pregnancy and ds is as healthy as can be, so no problems there.

There's a "cancer survivors" tribe over in Finding Your Tribe, I believe, so you might find more resources with those strong mamas. It's astonishing and annoying how little actual research there is on this. Good luck--I'm sure you and your little one will be fine.

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Thanks! I will check out the tribes. Appreciate your input! I have heard of Ann Jullian and I knew she had cancer and recovered so I will check her out too. Thank!!
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Hello...

How I came across this today.. And even funnier, as I haven't been on mothering in months..

I don't have any answers. But I am a fellow breast cancer survivor..

I was diagnosed w/ IDC stage 11A..At the age of 27. Diagnosed 1/11/06.. Had two lumpectomies. Started chemo (AC~T) 4/5/06.. Started radiation 9/11/06 ended 10/27/06..

And yes for some small miracle in my life I found out I was pregnant....

I am currently 6 1/2 wks pregant... I somehow got pregnant 2 mths after the end of my treatment...

I too don't have any answers, and frankly there isn't a lot of mama's who have gotten pregnant after treatment...

What I have been told is the radiated breast will not produce milk.. I'm not sure if that is accurate.. Other than that I don't know...

I will be thinking of you and wishing you the best..
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Hey there mighty-mama! I almost didn't see you. I'm new to the forum and still trying to figure everything out. It's a maze in here!
Hope things go REALLY well for you. So far Ian-baby is doing really well. I'm REALLY feeling this pregnancy - but I'm also 38 years old! Could just be my age. He's due in May but I'm thinking he may come a little early. My last one was 3 weeks early. I'm still holding out hope for that left breast to make milk. I've put it in God's hands but would love to hear others' stories. Anyway - thanks for your message. It's great just knowing there are more of us out here and we are a strong breed! I know you will do great!
Blessings!
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