Top Infertility Doctor Talks About A Cancer Diagnosis & Fertility Preservation
Natural Nutmeg published a wonderful piece about fertility preservation, written by Dr. Joshua Hurwitz. As October is breast cancer awareness month, this article is particularly timely.
Please click here to read the entire article about preserving your fertility after a cancer diagnosis.
What can you do to avoid needing the cancer article? Is there really anything? The answer is yes. Absolutely yes. Will it prevent you from ever getting cancer? Who knows. What we do know is that taking control in the ways that we can is empowering. Here are just a few, simple cancer avoiding suggestions.
Healthy Lifestyle Tips
1. Get checked regularly. Whatever that might mean for you. For some of us who are considered high risk for cancer, through family history or our own history, be on top of the recommended screening testing. Although it's breast cancer month, for you, this reminder might be to go to the dermatologist and have that mole you've been watching checked out. Or it might mean scheduling your mammogram or even discussing an ultrasound.
2. Don't ignore things! Infertility can take over our lives, and certainly our attention. If you have a pain or illness that isn't going away in the prescribed amount of time that it should, make an appointment with your general practitioner or internist.
3. See your general practitioner once a year. Don't have one? Get one. It's always easier to establish a relationship with a doctor when there is no crisis. So don't wait for one. Get referrals and make an appointment so that you have someone to see when you need them.
4. Check reputable sources for lifestyle suggestions. Could you be doing a better job taking care of yourself? That's a rhetorical question, because the answer is almost always yes. See about fine tuning your food, exercise and sleep. Sleep is often the last frontier about our health that needs to be addressed.
Will any of these suggestions keep you from getting cancer? Who knows? Will being aware of your own health create a healthier you? Absolutely.
Read Dr. Hurwitz's article. He writes beautifully, with compassion. He also has a way of taking the scare out of the word cancer.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.