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Christina Applegate to Choose Baby Over Treatment

Would You Risk Your Own Health For a Baby?

My dad recently asked me what I considered the most important thing in my life. I answered my family — my daughter and husband. I wasn't too surprised when he said his was his health as he's a doctor. "Mine is health because without my health, I couldn't take care of a family or exist for it," he said. I said that no matter the state of MY health, I would still wish my loved ones good fortune.

A daughter of a cancer survivor, actress Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer. A rumored report said that the 36–year–old wants a family so badly that she's willing to put off chemotherapy treatment in an effort to have a baby. I am sure there are medical advantages, if not certainties, to having a child before undergoing cancer treatments; But, I can't imagine having cancer and not wanting to rid my body of it.

Even though my dad and I disagree on our priorities, I think being a healthy and active mother to a newborn is important. If you were 36 and diagnosed with cancer, would you choose to go though therapy or pregnancy first?

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asco00 asco00 8 years
This is a crappy rumor about someone's personal decisions.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I guess it all wound up actually being a rumor since I just read that she had a double mastectomy.
hartmann1 hartmann1 8 years
If you start out your life as a mother with a selfish decision like having a pregnancy that could kill you, you will be shocked to learn that all of parenting is selfless and dedicated to another human. I agree with the previous comments-freeze your eggs, adopt or be a wonderful auntie. Being sick while pregnant, or having chemo with a new born, would be horrible!! It would be a hard situation to be in but 37 or 38 isn't too old to start motherhood. I wish her the best, beat that cancer girl.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
of course i would get healthy first. and she can pay for fertility... help, like in vitro
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I love children and have since I was a little girl and there isn't anything else in this world that I want more than a family. If I had cancer though I would want treatment even if it meant that I couldn't have children anymore. I would not want my child to be in danger because I chose having a baby over treatment that could save my life and my baby's life. It is hard enough when a child loses a parent, but if it could be avoided then it should be. I know the feeling of wanting a biological child, but she could always adopt or have someone carry it for her.
Pencils Pencils 8 years
If it were possible to save my eggs before chemo, I would try, but not if it endangered my life. I know that harvesting eggs can take some time, and in many cases immediate treatment makes a huge difference in cancer survival. In a smaller way, this was also an issue for me. I suffer from a chronic illness which requires that I take several medications. Also, pregnancy itself could cause issues in my illness. I consulted several specialists before going off birth control to make sure that I could safely bring a healthy child to term, without unduly suffering myself. I stopped some medications, not all of them, and I'm happy to say that I'm 35 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl. But if the doctors had told me that being pregnant would involve nine months of bedrest and severe pain and illness, I wouldn't have gotten pregnant. (Going on bedrest when you're already pregnant is different than knowing you will before you conceive. It just is, somehow.)
Spiffie Spiffie 8 years
I have undergone chemo for cancer treatment and am pregnant right now. There is no reason to freeze your eggs--chemo does not affect your eggs, since they are there since birth. She should definitely choose to have the treatment and have plenty of time to have healthy children after...
bleached bleached 8 years
There are successful egg freezing procedures available. You shouldn't put off treatment for this. And if chemo does make you infertile, adoption is always an option
imcs imcs 8 years
I wouldn't want to be put in this situation, so my heart goes out to any one who has to... however (I don't mean to be insensitive by this - but...) I think it is very irresponsible to want to bring a baby into this world when you have a life-threatening illness. I can unerstand her desire in wanting a baby so bad, she's willing to risk her health, but what happens to the baby if god-forbid the mom were to die b/c of the illness. if it was possible, i'd rather get healthy - then - have the baby, so i can be there for the baby as it grows.
lms lms 8 years
Treatment should come first.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
This is truly a sad situation. For me, I wouldn't want to leave a child without parents :-/
chancleta chancleta 8 years
chemo with out the chemo - she will not be able to see her baby grow
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
**I meant carry a child and experience pregnancy and birth herself. Any way she becomes a parent the child will be her own**
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I personally would choose treatment but it must be a hard decision. My sister has a heart condition that will make it dangerous, though not impossible, to have a child. She really wants one but must deal with the reality that it could be fatal. She is many years off from making the choice and adoption or surrogacy is always an option for her. But she still would love to carry her own child and have the experience for herself, which I don't really think makes her selfish.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I think that it is selfish for a mother to do that why would a child need to suffer without a mother or a sick mother, I think if everything went well after chemotherapy adopt ala sheryl crow
Papaver Papaver 8 years
not at all. there are milions of kids in the world waiting to be adopted and loved. actually i think it is selfish to ruin yourself just to give birth to a baby and then die and leave it and your family alone.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
I think this is crazy. I could see freezing my eggs before undergoing chemo, or I could see maybe risking my health if I was already pregnant when I was diagnosed, but I couldn't see trying to become pregnant knowing that I had cancer, especially in her situation where she'd be a single parent! If the worst happened, who would take care of the baby? Babies need parents!
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
luckyme luckyme 8 years
What a terrible decision. I would go for treatment. If the chemo prevented me from having a baby, I would adopt. At least then you're healthy AND you have a child. This makes me think about that woman a few years ago who was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer while pregnant and she died but the baby survived. I think they kept her body alive just long enough so that the baby would have a good chance of surviving. Granted, this situation is a little different, but it still brings that to mind for me.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
What a horrible decision to have to make and a terrible position to be in, but I would choose treatment first. I think it would be horribly sad to leave a baby without a mother if it didn't need to be that way.
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