Queens & Princesses, Breast Cancer Awareness month is upon us. The month where herds of brave women wear bras over their tops & pink broaches in an attempt to bring awareness to this awful disease. Breast cancer is a cause very close to my heart, my beautiful Mum in law being a brave cancer survivor.
So, why the title of this blog? Well, I want to bring an awareness, a real urgency to the importance of checking your breasts regularly not just this month. I'm sharing my personal experience in a bid to encourage you to check your breasts.
Two years ago when taking a shower I noticed what felt like a small lump in my left breast, my period was due so I put it down to the swelling us women tend to get before hand. My period came & went but the lump remained. I wish I could tell you I was wise & went straight to the doctor to have it checked but I didn't. I ignored the lump for roughly a year until I realised it had doubled in size. Almost certain it was nothing to be concerned about I went to the doctors, mainly to stop my hubby from nagging me to have it checked. The doctor did a physical examination but told me it was nothing to worry about because of my age, so off I skipped home. Over the next year the lump grew much larger & began to cause me pain. Let's fast forward & then rewind to three weeks ago. The pain in my breast became too much & I was sure the lump had grown so I went to the doctors, who again did a physical examination. They found that the lump had more than tripled in size & was no longer safe to be ignored. After measuring the size (6.8cm) they did an ultrasound & biopsy. A week later I received the biopsy results which came back clear which I truly thank God for. I will need to have an operation to have the lump (which I now know is called a giant fibroadenoma) removed as it may carry on growing if left & cause further pain or damage to my body.
When having my physical examination 2 smaller lumps were found in the other breast, I will now have ultrasounds every 6 months to monitor their growth.
I know that I'm extremely blessed as the lumps I found are benign (non cancerous) but many women cannot say the same. I really urge you to check your breasts regularly, the majority of women who find lumps do so at home not when having a physical examination at hospital. Be wise & look after your body. If you notice any changes in your breasts or feel concerned for any reason book an appointment with your Doctor. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Please don't ignore symptoms even if you think they are nothing to worry about. The doctor told me that if I do not get the lump removed now it could grow closer to my nipple & stop me from breastfeeding in the future. She also said I could need reconstructive surgery because of the size of the lump. Had I not gone to have a breast examination when I did that may have been the future for my poor lil breasts but because I went they can live a healthy happy life :)
Show your breasts love, treat them to some TLC. Touch. Look. Check. It's always worth it.
All my love,