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I've read so many posts on this forum, and they have been incredibly helpful. So thank you all. I've felt so much less alone reading all your stories.
I'm 33, and I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in situ in September 2019, after having only low-grade changes 2 years earlier that doctors said would resolve themselves. My doctors say my AIS progressed very quickly. I have already had a cone biopsy, in which they took 1.6 cm of my cervix, and got clear margins. I have a 1 year old daughter, and was planning to have another child sometime in the next two years. I've been told I will need a hysterectomy, but that I can delay it to have another child right away. My doctors have said that until I have the hysterectomy, because AIS produces skip lesions and I had a lot of it, I face about a 12-15% chance that even with testing they are not detecting either AIS or invasive cancer. I also would face a high-risk pregnancy because of the substantial cone biopsy.
I have decided not to delay treatment to try to have another child, and just go ahead with the hysterectomy. I can't stand the idea of not knowing for sure whether I am all-clear. I can't stand the idea of taking a risk with my health when I have a baby and a husband who I adore, and we're happy now. I also have a very high-pressure job and I can't imagine doing a high-risk pregnancy that could require I have limited activity, or miss a long stretch of work to be hospitalized. I have a history of anxiety and depression, and I fear that risking sickness is also risking my mental health, which is currently very good. My husband is 100% supportive of my decision.
But I feel so guilty that I won't take the risk! I wanted another baby, and now I'm giving up. I feel like a bad mother. I also don't know anyone who has faced this particular issue, and I don't know if I'm overreacting. I would love to hear from anyone who has made the decision not to take any risks to have another child. How did you come to your decision? Did you regret it later?
Thank you so much.