October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the television and print media are doing a good job of bringing exposure to the topic.
I’d like to make a contribution as well.
My wife is 38 years old. She has always been in good health and hardly ever been sick. She rarely even gets colds or the flu.
She gave birth 3 times in her early to mid-twenties and breast-fed our first child. There is no history of cancer in her family…none at all.
My wife found out 3 weeks ago that she has breast cancer.
She had a lump in her breast and ignored it for a while before finally going to get it checked out. Ten days ago they performed a modified radical mastectomy, removing one of her breasts and some lymph nodes under her arm. She now faces 6 months of chemotherapy followed by radiation and she will have to take some kind of pill every day for the next 5 years.
She had never thought that it would happen to her. Neither did I.
I’m here to tell you ladies that although I hope it won’t happen to you, I’ll remind you that it can happen. She wasn’t even sick…just a lump…
Please perform the self-examination and if you even THINK that you’ve located a small lump, get it checked out IMMEDIATELY. A lump found in your breast might not be cancerous, but you won’t know that unless you get it checked. I believe yearly mamagrams are recommended for women once they reach their mid-thirties.
Thanks for listening to me.