Women’s rights draw a lot of attention all around the world lately. While a lot of people protest against the exclusion of abortion coverage from health insurance, there are a lot of people for whom the ability to give birth is a precious yet hardly-achievable dream. Cancer surviving women of childbearing age are significantly less likely to get pregnant. The chance to regain fertility depends on the type and duration of treatment and patient’s age.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 29th birthday. After completing the treatment and some years of infertility, my doctor told me that I probably wouldn’t be able to conceive a child anymore. I was depressed and then the COVID-19 lockdown hit. Being at a high-risk as a former cancer patient I had to cut off most of my face-to-face contacts and became a prisoner in my own house. After two months of isolation, my husband and I found out that I was pregnant. So a new phase of my life started, joyful yet disturbing. The anxiety grew as my closest relatives became ill. After nine months full of hope and worries I gave birth to a boy.