Breast cancer survivor freezes eggs so one day she can have kids

Breast cancer survivor hopes to start a family of her own in the future (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- One woman is celebrating more than just winning her battle with cancer.{} She is also celebrating the fact that she has preserved her fertility.

When Sarah Busalachi was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010, she had major reservations about chemotherapy even though her doctor strongly encouraged it.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to do the chemo because I don't want to become infertile," said Sarah Busalachi, breast cancer survivor.

For someone who wants children in the future, infertility was a major concern.

Fortunately, there was a solution - freezing her eggs before starting chemotherapy.

"This helps to take one of the obstacles away from conceiving in the future and hopefully gives them something positive and bright in the middle of their chemotherapy," said Dr. John Schnorr, co-founder of Coastal Fertility Specialists.

time was of the essence.{} She only had six weeks between surgery and treatment to harvest her eggs.

"It's a new type of procedure that kind of flash freezes the oocytes or the eggs and it's a lot less damage as compared to the standard methods that we used previously," said Thomas O'Leary, laboratory director at Coastal Fertility Specialists.

"You have to take medicines at certain times of day and you had to measure out all the medicines and lots of time you have to take a shot, which sometimes I had to do at work," said Busalachi.

It was a stressful process that has now opened the door to one day having a family of her own.

"When a woman is ready to use her frozen eggs, those eggs are then thawed, fertilized with sperm and the resultant embryo is then transferred back into the uterus," said Schnorr.

Sarah, now a breast cancer survivor, is hoping that she'll become a mom within the next couple of years.

Egg freezing typically costs $7,000 for the medical portion then an additional $2,000 for all the medications. Storing the eggs in the lab usually costs $300 to $400 a year.