Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some OTHER Side Effects

Two side effects of the radiation and surgery that I hadn't mentioned previously are permanent erectile dysfunction and/or sterility. And to be quite honest I was waiting to tell you about the former until I knew it was no longer a concern of mine. Apparently the radiation and/or surgery can damage the muscles or nerves involved. Sorry for holding out, but that's one side-effect I was not going to make public had the worse case scenario occurred.

So, I have breathed a sigh of relief - erectile dysfunction is not a side-effect I have been dealt. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!

Regarding the latter, it seems it has come true. Don't worry - I'll spare you the details. Let's just say it is highly unlikely I will have - or should I say "create" - anymore children, which is fine with Daniela & me. I should acknowledge that haven't been tested, but there are some minor changes I have noticed that lead me to believe I am in fact sterile. We were warned of this prior to my receiving radiotherapy & surgery. We were also given the opportunity to bank sperm for which we opted out. We planned on having one child together. If we choose to have any additional children, we will adopt.


  1. If it makes you fell better, I am gonna probably pay to shot blanks. You were lucky enough to get it for free.

  2. Bert,
    If you're referring to a reduced volume of semen the two may not be tied. Your count may be just fine, and the only way to know for sure is to be tested! Don't assume anything... you may wind up with a really big surprise!
    J. Steig

  3. I'm so glad you guys had your baby before you got sick... that would be very sad, if you had waited and now could not have a baby.

    I have never wanted to have a child of my own, but I know that a lot of women who go through breast cancer treatment and are forced into menopause (as I have been) face a lot of grief over losing that opportunity.

    So I'm glad you and Daniella didn't have to miss the opportunity to have your beautiful baby boy.

    Maria Brown