CosBeauty Magazine #86

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors


Despite her traumatic ordeal, Jess

remains hopeful and happy and is

overjoyed that through her experience,

she can help others.


by day surgery under a light sedation

to retrieve the eggs. Other side effects

I experienced were bloating, stomach

cramps and mood swings.’

Despite her traumatic ordeal,

Jess remains hopeful and happy

and is overjoyed that through her

experience, she can help others.

‘It helped me to connect with

other young women who were going

through this and that is how I found

the Pink Hope community. My

friends and family, as supportive as

they were, had no idea what I was

going through and were not able to

provide me with advice.

‘Pink Hope fosters a community

where there is no judgement –

something that is rare among young

women in today’s society. Through

this community I have met other

young women who have provided me

with the knowledge, coping skills and

support to get me through what has

been the hardest time of my life.

And as for her future, Jess holds

nothing but high hopes!

‘I am really lucky that the

injections I had during chemotherapy

worked for me, and Travers and I just

completed a second round of IVF.

This is because we were fortunate

enough to be able to genetically test

the four embryos we create at the

start of this process. Less fortunately,

three of them had the BRCA gene,

which meant we were left with one

embryo that had a 40 per cent chance

of working. During this second

round we were able to get five more

embryos, three of which don’t have

the gene. This places us in a really

good position to be able to have a

family!’

‘Travers and I got married in

October last year, and my little dog

Ari was in the wedding party. We

know have four embryos that we

can use to start our family. Everyone

wants to know when we are going to

start. It is a hard one because we were

living overseas when it was diagnosed.

I had come back for my 30th and to

get the MRI and I was not at a time

in my life where I could have a child.

Not that there is ever a good time!

‘Cancer ruined my fricken plans!!

There is still a lot to do before I have

kids and can’t do what I want to do.

This sounds selfish but it is the way

it is. The ‘kids’ are there ready to go

when I need them! At the moment,

I need my sleep. I can’t be up all

night with a crying baby. Maybe in

six months, maybe in a year… at the

moment it’s a bit daunting.

‘I am back at work full-time and

I feel really good. I am trying to get

back into a normal routine, although

my energy levels are not where they

were. But I am doing really well, and I

am so grateful!’

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