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In the Summer of 2015 I found out I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation (like Angelina Jolie), that greatly increased my risk for breast cancer. I was put on a stressful, expensive, and time consuming monitoring plan that included regular MRIs, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and at one point- a biopsy that came back benign. Then in November of 2016 I had another biopsy and it did not come back benign. A few weeks later, at age 31, I had a double mastectomy and will...

It was a little stressful today but an exciting day at the same time. I was nervous because I have never been under anesthesia. At the same time, I was excited to get my egg retrieval over with.  I woke up to some great news...the doctor and her team were able to retrieve 14 eggs! No words can explain the excitement I feel right now.  Tomorrow, I will receive a phone call to let us know how many eggs were successfully fertilized. 

From Jan to Dec. 2014 I battled cancer.  Cancer does not just last through your treatment, it lives with you forever.  Some great advise I received from my Oncologist at Northside Hospital was find something and immerse yourself in it.  Well I did just that.  In January 2016 I delivered a beautiful baby girl.  What a blessing she is.  In 2016 I became a Rise Athlete and I am headed to the NPC stage in 2017....

Today is very exciting because I have 15 follicles growing and they're all around 14-16mm each! I was told that I'm getting closer to my egg retrieval. I can't wait to for it to happen because I feel very bloated.

I had a 7am appointment this morning to get an ultrasound and blood work. It was rough getting up because my mind wouldn't let me sleep last night. In better news, I have several follicles growing on both sides of my ovaries. My largest follicles are 10mm and 11mm. The rest of my follicles are at 8mm or less. The doctor changed the dosage of Menopur to a higher dosage and Gonal-f stayed the same. The doctor also added another injection to my fertility treatmen...

Today I went to get my ultrasound and blood work. The results demonstrated that I have plenty of follicles. As a result, the doctor instructed me to start the Gonal-f and Menopur injection in the evening and continue until Thursdayevening. Friday morning, I have another ultrasound and blood work . I'm very excited and nervous to see how many eggs I'll produce! 

Around 8pm, I was injected with Ovidrel. I'm kind of nervous and excited at the same time. I can't wait until Tuesday to find out what stage my follicles are in!
 

The ultrasound today showed one of my follicles at 17.5mm. My follicle has to be at 18mm in order to continue the journey of preserving my fertility. The good news is that the doctor said I could start tomorrow late in the evening on my first injection shot, Ovidrel.

As devastating as it was to find out at age 31 that I have breast cancer and I will be losing my breasts, it was as equally devastating to hear that I am at risk of losing my fertility as a result of chemotherapy. I absolutely adore my nephews and have worked so hard to become ready for children of my own. With everything that I have to give up for my overall health and well-being, I feel like I am also giving up what makes me a woman and potentially losing th...

2 years ago and the day after the first surgery of my life. I received a phone call that would forever change my life, and throw my life as i knew it (might I add it was perfect) into a crazy chaotic yet beautiful experience. It is a day I will never forget, the day I was told I had breast cancer. Nothing could have prepared me for what was about to come. I still remember everything about that day and how lost I truly felt. I still don't believe it actually ha...

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