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Dealing with possible infertility Dealing with the risk of infertility included a range of approaches from assuming that one could not have children to taking active steps to investigate the fertility status. One way of reasoning was to hope for the best even if suspecting that the cancer treatment may have impaired fertility. For instance, one participant reasoned that since no radiation treatment had been given, the chance of having biological children was fairly good. Another way of dealing with possible infertility was to have a positive outlook on life, i.e. one could be sad about not being able to have children, but trying to focus on the fact that one is alive and feels fine. Such statements were sometimes used to com- fort other participants in the same group who were sad due to the risk of being infertile. Several participants dealt with the risk of infertility by trying not to hope too much; such a position by participants was thought to minimize the risk of future disappointments. Another way of dealing with uncer- tainty regarding the risk of being infertile wastrying to neutralize the con- nection between childhood cancer and infertility, e.g. by stating that having children was not a given thing in life and that healthy people with no history of cancer could be infertile too. At thesametimeone shouldn’tworrytoomuch;there are manywhocannot havechildreneventhoughtheyareperfectlyhealthy. It [ infertility ]candepend on so many things, but sure it is hard to not think and worry about it. – Woman, age 23, diagnosed at age 12, group 34.
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