The odds – September 21, 2008
I would like to think I don't live completely by the odds, but I guess to some extent I do.
What are the odds it will rain today?
What are the odds I will make it to work on time if I leave 5 minutes late?
What are the odds I will win the lottery today (not very good!). After looking into our hearts, thinking every possible scenario through inside and out, deciding where I stood ethically, I looked at our odds.
We are going with the odds in my favor. 80% chance of me regaining normal periods after chemo is finished and 100% faith in God and our decision.
We decided against the harvesting process for so many reasons. My biggest reason for saying no to it is the fact I have no idea when life actually does begin. I know there are scientists out there that say the embryo isn't "alive" until it producing blood on its own (or something like that - science really isn't my strong suit) and most religions believe it begins as early as the sperm meets the egg.
No one really knows and we never will, but I want to do the right thing by me and the would have been possible embryos.I just can't imagine if life does begin at the embryo state, me having something to do with freezing however many embryos for however long - possibly forever.
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