Diem Brown Plans to Have Her Eggs Frozen as She Faces a Second Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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Diem Brown has been a member of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge enterprise since appearing on the 12th season Fresh Meat. She was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at the age of 22; she beat that diagnosis, after the removal of one ovary, and went on to live her life. However, recently after an ovarian cyst was removed she found that the cancer had come back to infect her remaining ovary. As she faces the removal of her final ovary, Brown has decided to take a drastic medical chance, harvesting eggs from her remaining ovary and freezing them for future use. “I know the risks I might be taking with hormone shots as a current ovarian cancer patient. But for my own sanity I just want to have something ‘normal' before going through this cancer journey once again. For me something ‘normal' is having my eggs in a freezer somewhere or knowing in my heart I have exhausted every fertility preservation option possible,” Brown told People in an exclusive interview. She says that it has been hard to find a doctor willing to work with her and it was a difficult decision to put off her treatment for a month while harvesting her eggs. Brown will be blogging for PEOPLE.COM to share her journey.
As with any news story on a celebrity, the internet commenters come out in droves. Most had kind words for Brown and wished her the best, while others lambasted her for her choice to put having a possible child above her own health. I personally cannot imagine the pain and struggle she is dealing with. This diagnosis brings a possible end to her dream of having a child of her own. If I were facing the same decision I can honestly say I would do everything in my power to preserve my chances for having a child in the future. I can understand the need/want to have a biological child of her own, and while adoption or surrogacy is a great choice for some women, it is not the right answer for everyone.
Would you do the same if you were in her position?