Pregnancy After Cancer: Big News


Although it won’t seem like it to you, it’s been quite awhile since I wrote that first blog post. As you probably could tell, I was overcome by so many emotions at the immediacy of the horrible cancer scare that Maggie and I had. As I said at the time, it was a double blow, because it looked so definite that we wouldn’t be able to have our own kids.

A lot has changed since then, and I now want to bring you up to speed and share the sequel to our story with you. Within two weeks of our reprieve, when we learned that Maggie was cancer-free and that our lives could go on normally (or as normally as a life can after something like that), Maggie’s period came back. Hello, old friend. It had vanished when she went of birth control some nine or ten months before, and was the initial reason she went to the doctor in the first place. I’ll never be able to understand the feeling of normalcy it gave her. I think she had felt that she wasn’t quite herself, that she wasn’t quite a woman without it.

There was, though, an eerie feeling of fate after that, and it took a long time for us both to believe that things really were back to normal. And even though Maggie’s period came with stunning regularity, there were those months that it would come late, and our hopes would be raised day by day, until the inevitable let-down. Still, I would tell her, “Either way, it’s good news. If you don’t get your period, your pregnant. And if you do get it, it means that everything is still back to normal.”

One month, it came late again. Maggie could feel her period coming any day now, she kept insisting. After three days, she was sure it would come the next day. After four, the same thing. After five days, we decided to take a pregnancy test, just in case.

I went into the bathroom after three minutes first to check it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Two lines, which meant pregnant. Pregnant. After just a few short months before being told we would never have our own kids. After coming to terms with that reality. After having convinced ourselves, at least subconsciously, that it would never happen for us. We hugged, and that was that.

So if this blog ends up being more optimistic that you had thought after reading my first post, now you know why. It’s an amazing thing, when your expectations are completely turned on their head. We were told in no uncertain terms that Maggie would probably lose her other ovary, and maybe her uterus. And then, this. Pregnant. Our route to parenthood is far from conventional, but one, I hope, with a happier ending that I anticipated just a few short months ago.

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