I just read an article about a man who recently fathered a set of twins — a boy and a girl. What’s different about this story is that the man was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 43 and had had a prostatectomy. As a result, his body was no longer producing sperm. But through modern technology, specifically in-vitro fertilization with sperm that had been banked, the PC patient and his wife were able to have more children. Fortunately, the man is also cancer free.
The new father was quoted as saying:
“We’re very happy that we now have three kids. Maybe thanks to the cancer, we have three kids instead of two.”
I guess he’s referring to the fact that in-vitro fertilization results in more multiple births than old-fashioned conception. But “‘thanks to the cancer’?? Now that’s being generous.
Speaking of fertility: Last year there was a first-ever rally for cancer survivors here in NYC that was sponsored by Sloan-Kettering hospital. I found out about it through a TV commercial which featured two, young, extremely attractive people speaking about their experiences with the disease. Both said they were diagnosed with cancer at a young age, but thanks to modern medicine and Sloan, they were able to lead full lives — including having beautiful, healthy children.
When I get frustrated about the slow progress we’re making with cancer I think of these people. A generation ago they would have remained childless.
Well, dear husb and I ended up going to the cancer rally, which was more like a picnic on the waterfront downtown. By the time we arrived the food was gone, but we did get in line for a free massage. There were a few masseurs who had set up makeshift tables and were giving the cancer folks a well-deserved 5-minute rubdown. When it got to DH’s turn the masseur gave him a quick feel-up and shooed him away. Didn’t need much work. But when he got to me he lingered for about 20 minutes. At one point he told me that my “spiritual centers were out of balance”. I freaked out.
Looking through the crowd, I noticed a tall, dark-haired man with