The intrusion of cancer: the lived experience of early menopause in young adult women
This study is but a brief snapshot into the experience of early menopause from the perspective of four young adult women who were treated for cancer during their teens and early twenties. A phenomenological research methodology was utilized to address the study question. The major findings of the research revealed that: (a) the cancer experience is central to the discussion of early menopause and remains linked to their lives, (b) the themes of early menopause, infertility, and sexuality represent the essence of the phenomenon, ( c) while young adult women live through the intrusion of cancer in their life they arrive at a reconciliation of the cancer experience, and ( d) the women undergo a reconceptualization of their embodied self that is derived from their relational involvement with others. The implication for nursing is that young adult women living with early menopause represent a unique population within the cancer care continuum.
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