I’m just posting on here for any advice or experience of going through fertility treatment.
Here‘s my story so far...
I was diagnosed with stage 1b cc and had a radical hysterectomy 4 weeks ago, leaving my ovaries to preserve my fertility. At my follow up appointment the consultant said it went well, had good clear margins and lymph nodes were clear however LVSI is present so given me two options - close monitoring every 3 months or radiotherapy. I am 32 years old and been with my partner for four years and we don’t have any children yet. Obviously I know having radiotherapy will ruin my ovaries so I asked to be referred to a fertility clinic to freeze some embryos before going ahead with radiotherapy. The consultant said the referral has to go through my GP so sent them a letter outlining my situation. Today I get a phone call from my doctors receptionist saying they will refer me but any treatment I have must be funded by myself.
This is literally just yet another blow to the system!!! I didn’t ask for this disease, it’s not my fault I am now infertile, I’ve had to deal with the diagnosis of having this awful disease (which took my Dads life earlier this year) and now I’m being told if I want a chance of a having a child through surrogacy I have to fund it myself. Feeling like I’ve really been dealt a bad deal at the moment, especially as me and my partner are just about to buy our first house together...more money!
I know they have recently been cutting funding for fertility treatment but who is the GP to decide for me and get the receptionist to tell me over the phone? Should she not have discussed this with me first? Me and my partner wanted a big family, I would be so grateful for an opportunity to have just one child now and feel like that chance has been snatched away from me :-(
Has anybody been in this situation? I think the receptionist said something about appealing for funding but I was so taken aback I wasn‘t really listening properly.
Any advice would be much appreciated :-) xx