It is too close to my heart. It stopped me in my tracks.
- Talking to strangers or people in my real life about my boobs or lack there of. I feel a bit
creeped outweird about what I overshare ; things I wouldn't have dare previously said out loud to people about in real life .
As Chrissie rode out on a horse called Music , she left us this legacy (sorry Willie) when she passed away almost a year ago
Early detection is vital.
My friend the dear Mrs Woog is an ambassador for
I Touch Myself Project.
Go ahead and check it out , then check yourself I'll wait.
Not sure how ?
One of the reasons I am blogging about my breast cancer journey is to raise and spread awareness. I know that reminding people to check their breasts could save their life.
Right now - I have a tortuous and terrifying 8wks wait (for a PET SCAN to see if the nodules found recently on my lungs are something to worry about - related to Breast cancer (or my MPNST Sarcoma) or nothing. They are too small right now to biopsy . The fear is crippling me. I wouldn't wish it on anyone - so please take note and touch yourself.
Touching yourself is healthy habit that should be as much a part of your daily routine, like showering, dressing and looking in the mirror.
You don't need to wait for a special day, check your breasts wherever and whenever works for you but do it regularly. A minimum of monthly is recommended.
I was always a little Breast Aware but even so I was slack and hap hazard about checking.
I wasn't aware of all the changes to look for ...it isn't just a lump.
Most breast changes aren’t due to cancer - but if you find a change that is unusual for you, see your GP to make sure.
I had 2-3 symptoms at diagnosis - though my breasts were always lumpy. I found this website which tell you what to look for
I had 2-3 symptoms at diagnosis - pain, discharge on squeezing (because I had pain) and my breasts were always kind of lumpy. I did see my GP immediately, both times I had nipple discharge. May 2011 it wasn't breast cancer (that I know).
How do you reduce your risks ?
How do you calculate your risk based on evidence ?
I didn't know that an inherited faulty gene only accounts for 5% of all breast cancers. Even then breast cancer is so common that it need not be a faulty inherited gene that causes BC within the same family.
I thought it couldn't happen to me , though I've had several mammograms and ultrasounds despite that misguided belief...just for reassurance.
So have you felt yourself today ...you can never be too busy !
I'm sorry if this makes your uncomfortable !
Thanks to Allie's suggestion - yes there is an app for that .
a fun one - Your man reminder
http://www.ibreastcheck.com/ in App store and Android.