A cancer diagnosis, on its own, can be terrifying.
But for women who are also hoping to start a family, the prospect of not being able to get pregnant on top of a cancer diagnosis can be earth-shattering.
New Yorker Victoria Raphael knew this feeling: At age 33, when she’d been starting to think about having a family, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Raphael told Fox News Digital that she visited her gynecologist for a routine checkup — and her doctor noticed a suspicious lump.
She was diagnosed with Stage 1A HER2-positive ductal carcinoma in December 2018. Doctors told her that her case was treatable but “growing fast.”
“It’s such a shocking experience when you’re going through cancer,” she said. “It’s the realization when they tell you that you can’t carry your kid, or you can’t have your own family.”
She added, “In all the processing of everything that was happening at the …