A year ago today, I was recovering from the lumpectomy which was performed on me a year ago yesterday.
If you want, you can read about it HERE. (There are multiple posts about the experience, you might have to click on the "November 2007" link in the archives.)
My story had a happy ending. On November 9, I was told that the biopsy came back negative for a negative result: I was then and remain cancer-free.
I'm writing today as a reminder for you to check your breasts and the breasts of your partner, too.
Yup, even guys. ANYONE who has breasts is potentially vulnerable. Men are vulnerable to breast cancer, too. It's not as common, but because it's not as common, it tends to be more deadly. One of my professors died of breast cancer. He didn't live to see his final exhibit, which was about the humilliation he felt about dying from a disease he wasn't "supposed" to get.
YouTube considers breast self-exam and testicle self-exam videos to be for 18+ only audiences, which is ridiculous. So here's a link to a family GP's website with videos showing how to do both clinical checks. I love his grandfatherly delivery. I recommend them whether you've had the instruction or not!
I know it's a grim subject, but rather than hiding our heads in the sand, it's far better to go searching for the thing that isn't there for reassurance. Then, on the day we might find an irregularity, we are better prepared to face that battle. You know. Kind of like all those fire drills in grade school.
Thanks so much for posting this reminder. I've got 3 breast cancer survivors in my family, and they're only survivors because the detection was early.
My mother found a lump in her breast 7 years ago, and it was dismissed by 3 doctors as 'just a lump', since she was in her 40s, it was considered just typical. She had numerous tests done, with no detection of cancer. Her family doctor, after my mom persisted for further testing, decided to do a lumpectomy despite not finding cancer. It wasn't until she was IN SURGERY that cancer was detected.
She did her chemo for 6 months and treatment for 5 years, and she's fully recovered, thankfully.
So please please please please check your brains out.
I know exactly how you feel. I had a multiple lumpectomy 10 years ago and have remained cancer free. The day I felt a lump, I broke into a cold sweat, called my Dr and went in that day. Within a week, seven lumps were removed, biopsied and came back negative, thank goodness.
I also agree with you, be ever vigilant. Too many have died from not checking or not going to their DR as soon as they find a lump.
Don't make that mistake!
I am now three years from my breast cancer lumpectomy. I had others before, always negative. So I had gotten cocky and stopped being tested as often and when the cancer was found it had spread somewhat.
Yearly is best and I'm here to remind others also.
Thanks for this reminder.
My husband's uncle had breast cancer as well and thankfully is cancer-free now.
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