“At a certain point, what do you do?” says Lynnea. ”I don’t want to live my life in fear. Plus I was 35 already. It was time.”
It Was Time
Lynnea discussed the decision with her husband and Dr. Stanton and decided to stop the tamoxifen. “I felt like I’ve done what I’ve done and I will make that choice,” says Lynnea.
Fortunately for Lynnea and her husband, they did not have to live in limbo for long. Lynnea became pregnant within two months.
For Lynnea, after the night sweats and hot flashes that had accompanied tamoxifen, the hormone shifts of pregnancy seemed relatively easy.
“I was joking with my OB the entire time,” says Lynnea. "She’d ask, ‘How is your pregnancy going?’ And I’d say, ‘Well it’s easier than tamoxifen.’"
Lynnea’s pregnancy was uneventful, a welcome contrast to the intensity of the chemotherapy and radiation treatment that she had endured.
Lynnea chose to deliver her baby close to home, at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. She was in labor for four hours, and gave birth using only nitrous oxide for pain relief.
“I wasn’t necessarily opposed to an epidural but I was really happy that they had nitrous oxide,” says Lynnea. “It was just enough to take the edge off, and turned out to be all I needed.”