“Mama!” That’s music the ears of Claudia Hopper, now mother of three.
“Oh, it’s overwhelming. I mean, it’s completely overwhelming to think that I have children now,” said Hopper.
Hopper is a two-time cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 12 years old and treated. But when she turned 21, she was diagnosed with sarcoma, which required chemotherapy as treatment.
“When the nurse was doing the education, she said these are the types of chemotherapy that would likely deplete my egg supply and cause future fertility issues,” she said. “I knew that if I didn’t do treatment that I would not survive.”
Though Hopper was ready to accept the possibility of not having children, she was determined to explore other options.
Once she was done with cancer treatments, she consulted a fertility specialist.