I believed there was no way I would become a mother
After breast cancer treatment, Annika believed that she would never have children. She shares how attending a Younger Women Together event changed that.
I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 33.
Following my treatment, I had some fertility tests and was given the heart-breaking news that I would never be able to have children. I was devastated.
At a Younger Women Together event I met a fertility consultant who said that the tests I had may not have been reliable, as they omitted my cancer treatment.
Fast forward a couple of years, my team agreed I could take a break from tamoxifen.
I took fertility tests again and they proved positive. A year later I gave birth to my son, Monty.
Had I not gone on the Younger Women Together event I would have believed my consultant that there was absolutely no way I would become a mother.
I would have never have taken a break from my medication, and I would not now be enjoying my gorgeous little boy.
The Younger Women Together event was life-changing for me. Meeting other younger women going through the same illness and worrying about the same things meant it was the first time I didn't feel alone in my diagnosis.
If you're concerned about your fertility, you can read our information on fertility, pregnancy and breast cancer treatment.