Women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 88% chance of surviving 5 years after diagnosis, improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection.
Once upon a time I was making plans for my next social event and catch up, never turning down a vino or cigarette and purchasing shoes I couldn’t afford. My life was sailing along smoothly and socially, I felt as though everything was coming along too easily. That I needed a challenge and to shake things up a bit myself, so I quite my job and went out on my own to see how far I could get in the wild sea’s by myself.
It was another fabulous night with the girls so I did my usual before bed ritual and being OCD I always have a shower before bed. When I went to have a shower I also gave myself a breast exam, in which I did ever so often, but this time I found something unusual in my right breast, something that wasn’t there a few days ago.
That night was not like any other night, when you think you have found a lump its like being hit by a car on a highway in the middle of the night with no phone. You do not know what to do, I felt like just waving a white flag in the air, I serenader. The next morning I went to the local medical centre by myself and had my breasts examined further before saying anything to my family or friends. I needed hard evidential proof from a team of professionals to say that I had cancer before I went screaming from the roof tops.
Six months later I had my eggs frozen, a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, then soon after a double mastectomy. They then found more cancer in the same breast so I then was put into radiation and three years on I am in the all clear. To all my gorgeous ladies out there please don't wait another second go and feel your beautiful breasts up and trust me you will not regret it.
I am back buying shoes I can't afford and having a vino. Life is too good to pass up and we take a little bit too much for granted. Like our boobies.
Below are some different ways for you to check yourself, so what are you waiting for go and feel yourself up a bit?
In The Shower
Put your left hand behind your head and then with your right hand and using your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening or hardened knot. Then do the other side. ( If I'm doing it in the shower I like to use a bit of soap as well)
In Front Of The Mirror
Look for changes in colour or shape, dimpling of the skin or pulling in of the nipple. Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides.
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.
If you see or find anything different please see your doctor.
I will also be posting monthly reminder ‘Check Yourself Out’ posts every 3 to 4 weeks to let you know when to go and give yourself a rubdown so you know how long its been since your last self check.
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