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Banking on Parenthood

February 22, 2012

One of the many concerns a cancer patient faces is the possibility of infertility due to chemotherapy treatments. I came across an article today about one man’s quest for fatherhood that was made possible through sprem banking. Modern medicine is amazing…almost anything is possible (except a cure for cancer) through technological advances and innovation. For a price, of course.

What the article does not mention is the high cost of sperm banking and egg harvesting. Costing approximately $9000-$13,000 to perform freezing or harvesting, many cancer patients face a tough choice. Do they invest money in buying a “chance” at parenthood that they may or may not be able to afford, or do they take a chance on fate and hope that chemo does not cause infertility?

I remember being faced with this dilemma myself four years ago. Newly engaged and undecided about having a child together, my then-fiancé and I decided that the cost would be too much of a financial burden for us. We adopted the attitude that if a child was meant to be part of our future together, we would allow nature to take its course on its own.

Little did we know, at the time of that decision, Chemobaby was already conceived. Some things are just meant to be. You can revisit that part of our story, “Ignorance Really is Bliss” here.

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2 comments

  1. It’s amazing how things turned out. Some things were just meant to be!

    love you!


    • You’ve got that right! Love you, too!



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