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The Fight for Fertility Preservation in TexasNagging chest pain sent Claudia Hopper, then a junior at Texas State University in San Marcos, to the doctor. Nine years earlier, in 1992, Hopper had survived thyroid cancer, so she knew to pay attention to her health. For the better part of a year, doctors assured the 21-year-old that there was nothing to worry about—that the swelling on an MRI scan of her chest was just inflammation. They were wrong. She was finally diagnosed in 2002 with a rare type of sarcoma, an orange-sized tumor that had grown on her sternum, likely a result of radiation exposure during her previous cancer treatment. In a moment, her life changed from that of a carefree college kid to a full-time patient. Hopper withdrew from her classes,…

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