Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month And My Cancer Scare

October is breast cancer awareness month and if you have been touched by somebody who has had breast cancer or had breast cancer yourself you will know how important it is to keep an eye on your breasts. Before I had Tilly 8 years ago I had a breast cancer scare myself and it was the worst, scariest time of my life.  I felt alone and worried about my kids future.

I was in the bath one day and as I washed myself, I felt a lump. I checked again and there it was again! Fear enveloped me and I went to bed worrying. I have huge boobs, they are a G cup and when I laid down, the lump seemed to disappear, I could forget about it for a few minutes. I made an appointment to see the doctor - I don't know why but it seems to be scarier to say it out loud.

The doctor confirmed there was something there and tried to tell me not to worry but I went home and cried. I called a friend and told her what I found, she came round consoled me. I fought with my conscience as to whether to tell the kids or not. They were teenagers and they were old enough to understand. We have always been honest with each other and I felt it was something that I couldn't hide. Eventually, the mammogram appointment came and I went to the local hospital. I won't lie, the appointment was awful. The mammogram was uncomfortable and I felt like all my dignity had gone out of the window. But there was no lump there any more!

My lump was a cyst, something that I was so relieved about. But it could have gone the other way and I could have faced a battle against Breast cancer. It did make me put my life into perspective and I went on to have another baby. But I know the signs to look for and I am using my space on the web to share the signs of breast cancer with you.
  • a lump in your breast
  • a change in the size or shape of your breast
  • dimpling of the skin or thickening in your breast tissue
  • a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
  • a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
  • discharge from your nipple
  • swelling or a lump in your armpit
  • pain or discomfort in your breast that doesn’t go away.
If you find a lump, get it checked out. 


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