Young Adults and Fertility


When I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at 26, I wasn’t in a serious relationship and had been traveling around the world for several years. Needless to say, having a family someday, was the last thing on my mind when ‘saving my life’ shot up to the top of the list. Fast forward almost a decade, when my now-husband and I start seriously thinking about having children. At that point, I wished that I had asked about preserving my fertility. I wished that my doctors and nurses had broached the topic. I wished I had entered the process fully understanding my risks and options. Fortunately, I was able to have children naturally, twins, in fact, but many young adults are not so lucky. A big difference, however, is that now there is a significantly greater amount of knowledge and resources available on the topic of fertility preservation and having children after cancer. I am a firm believer in making informed choices, and believe that is some of the most important work we do here at LIVESTRONG.

Heidi Adams, 16 year Cancer Survivor
LIVESTRONG Senior Director of Engagement

The following is a radio program, featuring Heidi, about fertility options for cancer survivors.

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  1. Hi Heidi,

    Congrats on your twins!

    I too am a young woman suffering with fertility issues. I was recently diagnoses with PCOS and I am only 20 years old. I know that I am young but I would like to have children in the future and I am afraid of not being able to. Adoption is also an option and I would love to give a child in need a loving home.

  2. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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