Last week, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, blogged about the fertility procedures she is enduring with the hope of freezing her eggs before her remaining ovary is removed.
Today, the 30-year-old discusses the hormone injections she’s endured and her feelings about the egg retrieval surgery scheduled for the end of the week. She also has advice for others in her situation: "If you are interested in egg freezing to preserve your fertility DO IT!" she says. "I’m so thankful for the technologies we have today and I am kicking myself for not doing this egg freezing process years ago."
Yesterday was supposed to be my big surgery date – the day I had to have my last ovary removed and then start chemo. However, I had to move it to a later date so I can complete my hormone shots and be able to remove those lil’ eggs!
Currently, I am just days away from my egg retrieval, so now I have to take three shots a day: one in the morning and two at night. The shots are not bad, but if you a wuss like I am, you have to rally your friends around you to take turns sticking ya. One of my girlfriends wanted to blindfold me and have me guess who gave me which shot; sort of like an adult version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey! Weird I know, but if anything makes light of this situation, I’m in!
You inject yourself in your upper thigh or stomach, but like the routine weirdo that I am, I have only been comfortable getting shots in my left upper thigh. (pictured) Pretty right? Still, my bruises are prideful battle scars. I like looking down at them knowing that this is what I want to do in order to freeze those lil’ eggs.
My shot yesterday morning gave me a red rash that itches a tiny bit. Call me a crazy but I actually like seeing the rash because it makes me feel like the injections are working!
The whole process takes about 16 days, from initial hormone stimulation to retrieval, and come this Thursday or Friday I will have my egg retrieval surgery. I could not be more excited!
I have realized a couple of things through all this: If you want to do egg freezing, do not plan this around a vacation or holiday as the fertility clinic becomes your new best friend for two weeks. You get your blood drawn and do a internal ultrasound about every three days. By day 10 you feel like a semi chemist concocting your injections and handling the correct disposal of needles (aka in a empty Snapple bottle). Also, you have to want to do this egg freezing process, as it is very scheduled and at times, you feel very dependent on others.
I am excited to blog my experience so those out there are thinking about egg freezing can see that if a needle wuss like me can do it, so can you! Again, if you are interested in egg freezing don’t put it off. Just do it!
Check back for updates every Thursday: Diem will be chronicling her journey through fertility treatments, chemotherapy, and her quest to educate others about ovarian health exclusively for PEOPLE.com. Bonus: Diem came to the PEOPLE studio to explain on-camera her blog motives and goals, watch below