Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor: Why I froze my eggs before cancer treatment

I’ve known I wanted to be an attorney since I was 4 years old, so I was excited to finally be finishing law school. After three grueling years, I took my last exam on May 9, 2016, and I couldn’t wait to celebrate. But I’d also been feeling sick and really tired for a couple of weeks, so I made an appointment with a doctor at the university health center first. I figured my symptoms were just due to stress, and I wanted to make sure I was well enough to attend my graduation ceremony on May 14. Little did I know that the doctor’s visit would turn out to be a life-changing event. My Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis When I met with the doctor, she performed a physical examination and I told her about my symptoms. She seemed concerned about a lump above my left clavicle and made an appointment for me with an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist for the following morning. I arrived at my appointment expecting the ENT to tell me the doctor had overreacted. To my surprise, he said I needed a biopsy immediately. I asked why, and he said it might be lymphoma. I was dumbstruck, but decided nothing was going to spoil the weekend I’d been looking forward to for three years. Not even cancer. So I asked him not to call me with the results until after the ceremony. I graduated from law school on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Two days later, I received the worst graduation present imaginable: my doctor called and told me I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I dropped...