It’s the last Friday of the month, and next week sees the first of October.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I cannot stress enough how important it is for any lump found in the breast to be investigated.
I read an article today which is heartbreaking as a young mum of two was told she was ‘too young’ to have breast cancer. She died on September 10th (source) and my thoughts are with her family.
Women between the age of 18 and 24 are now being encouraged to check for signs of breast cancer (source) and the headlines recently were of Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud who died of breast cancer at the age of 39.
I am 65, and had my first dealing with breast cancer in 2016, some four months after my 60th birthday. Hubby felt a small lump that I had missed in the shower and we got it checked out. I was in the right place at the right time and able to see my GP the day after we found it thanks to an appointment cancellation. Two weeks later I was having a thorough check up which included a mammogram and core biopsy.
On October 31st, I had a lumpectomy and Humphrey was designated to the incinerator.
I was lucky. We’d found it early, it was treated within a month, and I only needed a course of radiation therapy as tests showed that chemo would not have benefited me.
Three years later, something was noticed on my routine annual mammogram and I had a second strike. It was pure bad luck, nothing I’d done or hadn’t done and I called him Dick., He was classed as a DCIS, and he too was dispatched with haste on October 28th 2019, along with my right breast.
I DO NOT FEEL ANY DIFFERENT AFTER HAVING HAD MY MASTECTOMY.
There is more to me, Di, than a piece of flesh that had an unwelcome lump in it. I do not feel disfigured, lopsided, unloved, or lack confidence. If anything, it has made me stronger.
My scar stretches from under my right arm, and across my chest. It is as smooth as a baby’s bottom and you can’t feel the join, which is thanks to my lovely lady surgeon, who pulled no punches, told me exactly how it was and wasted no time in getting me into surgery on both occasions.
I am on meds until 2029 and due to have my annual mammogram shortly.
Please ladies (and gents as men can have breast cancer too), if you find a lump, however small, get it checked out. Most times it may be nothing, but maybe not. Play safe and don’t ignore it, as whatever your age, it’s immaterial.