Twenty-three years old and living in New York City, Glamour magazine Editor Erin Zammett Ruddy finds herself writing her biggest story yet when she is diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Upon diagnosis, this writer, author, blogger and survivor, along with her husband Nick, make the brave decision to stop treatment three times in hopes of expanding their family. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) speak with Erin and Dr. Michael Mauro, hematologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Mauro has treated Erin since her diagnosis, going on 16+ years, and is a strong advocate for women and fertility within the cancer realm. You’ll hear about Erin’s journey, fertility preservation, questions patients can ask their healthcare team when considering fertility, and how patients are not only ‘patients’ but people seeking to live the life they’ve always envisioned for themselves.
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