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Cancer Warriors Wednesday - The Truth About Trying

I wrote a blog post last November about Fertile Hope, a resource for anyone struggling with the issue of cancer caused-infertility. A national, nonprofit organization, Fertile Hope's mission is to provide "reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risks of infertility."

If you are struggling with infertility, you should also check out Redbook Magazine's "No Shame Campaign," entitled "The Truth About Trying." Sharing video "infertility stories from celebrities and women like you," the campaign's mission is to pull back the

Cancer Warriors Wednesday - Tell Us About Your Cancer Warriors

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior. Karl Von Clausewitz

From very early on my cancer journey, the gifts of support and inspiration from amazing Cancer Warriors have overwhelmed me. Honoring them is the motivation behind this series and I can't say enough about the courage it takes to go toe to toe with cancer. For all they do, I am compelled every week to say "Thank You" and "Bravo!" 

Over the weeks, I've featured individuals, such as Lockey Maisonneuve of MovingOn Rehabilitative Exercise Program, Jennifer Windrum of WTF for Lung Cancer and Murray Jones of TalkAboutHealth. Each of these amazing people was inspired to create movements as a result of their own cancer experience or that of a loved one. From their personal pain, a seed of hope was planted and we are all benefited.

I've also featured organizations and movements, such as Is My Cancer Different?Pathways Women's Cancer Teaching ProjectThe Cancer Support Community (formerly known as The Wellness Community), Fertile Hope and The Love/Avon Army of Women. The work these organizations do every day brings hope, education and much needed support to cancer survivors. For all of us grappling with cancer's losses, these organizations stand at the ready to lend a helping hand and lighten the load. 

During Thanksgiving week, I honored all of you, my readers, as Cancer Warriors and my inspiration. The gift of our connectedness is a true blessing and I am extremely grateful to each one of you. Thank you again for taking the time to read my posts and engage with me here at WWGN.

Today I am wondering who the Cancer Warriors are in your life? Is there some person or organization that was there for you during your darkest days? Let me know who they are and what they mean to you and maybe I'll feature them in a future post.

Also, if you become a member of WWGN, you can post your own shout out to important people in your life in our People in Our Corner section. Why not memorialize your gratitude and let that person or organization know how much they mean to you? Sharing a public "thank you" feels good and is exactly why I created WWGN and my own People In My Corner list. Thanks for helping me recognize the Cancer Warriors all around us!

Cancer Warriors Wednesday - Cancer Infertility and Hope

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was 50 years old and the mother of two. I've since met many cancer survivors who were diagnosed much younger than I. A huge part of their stories is the struggle with fertility issues after cancer. As my husband and I suffered two miscarriages and years of infertility before our first child was born, I relate to the fear of not knowing if you will ever be able to have a child. What I cannot even imagine is living with this fear and cancer at the same time. 

A resource I found for anyone struggling with this issue is Fertile Hope. A national, nonprofit organization, Fertile Hope's mission is to provide "reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility."  As a result of her own struggles with fertility after cancer, Lindsay Nohr Beck founded Fertile Hope in 2001. 

Fertile Hope is now working in tandem with LIVESTRONG to offer a powerful informational tool for survivors. The website offers information on risk factorsquestions to ask your doctor, fertility preservation, finding support, educational programs, funding for research, a fertility resource guide and financial assistance. All decisions must be made with your doctor, of course, but this is a great place to start for tons of information and support. 

It took my husband and I five years to have our first child. It would have taken less time if we had known how to ask the right questions and find the right doctor. Now, eighteen years later, my husband still calls her our miracle baby. The miracle of birth, notwithstanding, she would not be here today without the help of our very knowledgeable and compassionate infertility doctor.

There's one piece of advice I always give anyone new to the struggle of infertility: Don't wait another minute to find a fertility specialist to guide you through the process. If you need a doctor who specializes in infertility and reproductive medicine, start your search at Fertile Hope. For some of us, it's a Herculean struggle to bring a child into the world, but it's the most worthwhile thing I've ever done in my life.

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