The music in Erin Finney's apartment echoes back to a time before a doctor's diagnosis put her DJ career on hold.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Aug. 28," Finney said.
What Erin didn't know is what the chemo could do to her chances of having a baby.
"They may lose the function of the ovary, and therefore, lose eggs and not be able to become pregnant with their own egg,” Dr. Thomas Vaughn said.
But there are options. Some women have their eggs collected and frozen before cancer procedures. That’s the choice Finney made.
“Then I started chemo the next day,” Finney said.
Doctors use a new technique to freeze the woman's eggs called vitrification. It’s a fast-freeze process.
“And significantly (it) improved the chance of women becoming pregnant later,” Vaughn said. “It’s better for the eggs to be frozen this way and they thaw better at a later date.”
The frozen eggs can last years. When the woman is healthy enough to have a baby with those eggs, the chances she'll get pregnant is about 50-50. It’s a chance Finney is willing to take.
“I really didn’t want that decision made for me, whether or not I have kids in the future.” Finney said. “So, it just seemed like the obvious choice that I would want to do that.”
In the meantime, she’ll play the tunes she loves, hoping to get back in the groove as a DJ and beat breast cancer.
Vaugh said sometimes physicians will have the patient wait several years after a cancer diagnosis before trying to get pregnant.