I definitely agree with how the manner the psychologist handled the discussion on fertility preservation. He pointed out an important key aspect, the fact that it was a choice. We as providers become excited with new advances of medicine and feel that others will feel the same way. We can never disregard peoples beliefs and morals. Although we may not agree with others opinions we must respect it. As I have read in various articles, patients were most devastated when not knowing about fertility preservation and not being offered that option. Many studies did not state the patients were not satisfied with there choice whatsoever. Secondly I appreciated in the manner that the psychologist spoke to the patient and not about the patient when present, regardless if they were a minor or not. Great approach to begin a conversation in fertility preservation.
I agree with you in that the approach was great and that he was very clear that it was a choice. Affirming both parents’ emotions, especially the father’s statements of devastation, he also was able to pivot the conversation to explore how important it was to have this discussion now while addressing the priority of getting their child to treatment. As a parent, I can only imagine the overwhelming emotions and thoughts that would flood my mind. But, as a nurse and healthcare provider, I feel adequately trained to multi-task into treatment mode thus allowing me more time to entertain future fertility and family planning. As a parent, you only want the best for your child and hopefully, give them all the chances and choices you have had or would have given yourself. Logically to me, preserving my child’s choice to pro-create would be included. Overall, I appreciate how this psychologist was open, direct and unbiased with the parents.