Dear all CML Supporters,
Since diagnosis last September at the age of 32, my wife and I have found our plans for starting a family somewhat hampered.
Long story short- my fertility has imrpoved dramatically and our fertility specialist says that we have a good chance of conceiving naturally.
Great news, except for the fact that I'm on Dasatinib and there is little evidence out there about the effect that this might have on a child.
3% of people who conceive naturally have the chance that there child will have some kind of physical abnormality- heart, lungs, brain etc- and if I was a woman on the same drugs it would be a different matter, as 9 months pregnancy would obviously increase the foetus' contact with the Chemotherapy.
I'm posting in the hope that somone has experience of a similar dilemma. We want a baby so much, and we need to make a decision and live with it.
The way I feel is that sometimes humans get sick- my parents certainly never thought that when they had me 32 years later I'd get CML. My motto at the moment is very much "S*** happens", and with that in mind there is very little reason why we shouldn't have a healthy baby that grows and lives a healthy and long life.
I would really appreciate anyone's thoughts on this. I know it's a personal decision, but it would help us to feel as informed as possible.
And once more just to say what a constant source of inspiration and support this website is to me- long may it continue its important work.