Camilla Franks admits it was ‘a mistake’ not to freeze her eggs before having ovarian removal surgery
Camilla Franks has spoken of the ‘big mistake’ she made before her ovaries were removed earlier this month.
The fashion designer and current Celebrity Apprentice Australia contestant admitted that she wished she had frozen her eggs years earlier, in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 44-year-old revealed that she took the first steps in the process before she was too ‘busy with work’, saying, ‘I really regret it now.’
Emotional: Camilla Franks, 44, [pictured] has spoken out about the ‘big mistake’ she made before her ovaries were removed earlier this month
The entrepreneur has one child: daughter Luna, three, who she shares with fiancé JP Jones.
In the interview, Franks also revealed that she had postponed her “ life-saving surgery ” for as long as possible in the hope that she could “ perform another little miracle. ”
She and her Welsh musician partner are now exploring adoption or surrogacy in hopes of expanding their family.
Regret: The fashion designer and contestant of Celebrity Apprentice Australia admitted she wished she had frozen her eggs years earlier
The candid interview comes less than a month after Camilla shared a heartbreaking Instagram post about her surgery and the grief she felt after her ovaries were removed.
On May 6, she uploaded a photo of herself lying next to Luna’s teddy bear in a hospital bed, calling the toy “ comfort in a sea of grief. ”
I cling to it like a life raft, inhaling its scent, feeling its presence and warmth. His little hairy body is drenched in a torrent of tears that I can’t stop, ‘she wrote in the caption.
Opening: Revealing that she had taken the first steps in the process before getting too ‘busy with work’, Camilla said ‘I really regret it now’
‘I’m lying here with a broken heart, recovering from surgery to finally remove my ovaries. The grief and pain is excruciating. I feel like my chest is going to burst when I mourn the loss of children I can no longer bear. ‘
Camilla described her battle with breast cancer as ‘horrific’ and confessed that her battle against the insidious disease is ongoing.
“The heartbreaking fear, illness, and grueling rounds of immediate treatment are one thing, but it goes on and on,” she continued.
Recovering: Camilla shared a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed on May 6, recovering from surgery to remove her ovaries
‘I have a harmful BRCA2 gene variant and with that diagnosis came a terrible reality. That I not only had to fight the breast cancer that I had, I also had to prevent the future cancers that I was so much more likely to get – more breast cancer, ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and others. ‘
She added: ‘I had to fight to save my life. A life that is so much more precious now that I have a little girl who loves and needs me. ‘
Camilla was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just months after welcoming her daughter in January 2018.
Horrible: Camilla described her battle with breast cancer as “ horrible ” and confessed that her battle with the insidious disease is ongoing. Pictured at a Sydney fashion show in May 2018
“The first was the discovery of a lump and the heartbreak of having to wean my eight-week-old baby off my breast within days,” she wrote.
‘Then six months of the bazooka of all chemo to attack my cancer, with success. Then my treatment shifted to prevention.
I had a double mastectomy and said goodbye to my breasts that had only just fed my beautiful newborn baby. Then my fallopian tubes went.
But now this. The divine essence of my femininity. My ovaries, the most sacred givers of life, leave the biggest hole of all when they are taken from me. ‘
Anxiety: “The heartbreaking fear, illness, and grueling rounds of immediate treatment are one thing, but it goes on and on,” she said. Pictured during a fashion launch in Sydney in April 2017
Camilla revealed that she had undergone IVF treatment in hopes of having another child when her dream of becoming a mother for the second time was shattered.
“I’ve spent the last 18 years pursuing the dream of becoming a mother again,” she confessed.
“I kept putting off this last life-saving surgery in the hope that I could perform a miracle … I just really wanted to have another baby.”
Fight: ‘I had to fight to save my life. A life that is so much more precious now that I have a little girl who loves and needs me, ”she wrote. Pictured at a Sydney fashion show in May 2018