I saw this article today, about a woman who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 11 weeks pregnant. This doesn’t have too much to do with HG. Maybe gives some perspective to things.
I did think it was interesting how it talked about how women have to reconcile the fact that they need to take a lot of drugs while pregnant, when you have been told all your life, you will give up coffee, lunch meat and eat organic while you are pregnant. It’s hard to reconcile. It was for me anyway. Even this last round, every time I had to swallow the zofran pill, preemptively, I had to really force myself. I kept thinking, maybe I don’t really need it…Maybe it will harm the baby. But that is simply not true. It doesn’t, and in any event the benefit outweighs the risk.
Just as in this case of the young woman in the article.
It also made me think of doctors who don’t want to give any medicine to a pregnant woman, or take x-rays for that matter. This woman is getting chemo during pregnancy, and it is most probable that her baby will be just fine and healthy.
Women diagnosed with cancer are often directed or encourage to terminate their pregnancies, so maybe this is a little HG related. Abandonment of women as patients is happening here. Yes, ultimetly that decision should be between a woman and her doctor, but I truly believe that if you are really supporting and treating the whole woman, then the medical community along with others, should be tryng to find a way to treat the patient and protect her baby. Both of them, hand in hand, soul in soul.