It’s almost October

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.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to It’s almost October

  1. Sadje says:

    A brilliant post Di. I second your advice. Please get regular check ups.

  2. Di: Glad you are with us! We now get routine mammograms at no cost (except the good use of our tax dollars) here in the states. It has saved many lives.

    • I am on an annual watch until 2024, then it will be every 3 years. We found Humphrey and Dick early so I am forever grateful to the breast clinic and my surgeon for their prompt attention.

  3. good spreading awareness about it

  4. Reblogged this on sparksfromacombustiblemind and commented:
    Di wrote an important and timely post for everyone. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October begins next Friday (shocked me too). I’ll be scheduling my yearly mammogram, because I have a family history of breast cancer (close relatives), I never had children (which bumps up the chance considerably apparently), and it’s just common sense. The procedure (mammogram) doesn’t hurt really, it takes maybe an hour out of a day, and one can live reassured that all is well vis a vis their chest ‘muscles’. Men can get breast cancer, so they’re not exempt from being checked either, although I don’t have any statistics or information on how often or an age time frame. If you find something lumpy that ought not be on your chest, go get checked. If your lymph nodes feel tender (under the armpit), get checked. Do read Di’s very well written post. Her story is amazing and she’s very very brave in my estimation!

  5. murisopsis says:

    I’ve had 4 biopsies and thankfully none were malignant. But I do keep a close eye. I was just looking at the appointment availability for this next week…

  6. I lost my first mother-in-law to breast cancer that started at age 39. Sadly she refused to see a doctor before it was too late. My current mother-in-law had her first mastectomy 25 years ago and her second last year. Regular check ups are necessary at every age for every woman.

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  8. Carol anne says:

    so happy you came through it di! Its very important to get any lump checked out! My thoughts are with that young mum who died, as they are also with sarah hardings family. XX

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