In November 2010 I shared my story while going through a diagnostic mammogram, a Stereotactic biopsy, and then surgery to remove the abnormal mass in December 2010. I have to still see my Oncologist yearly for a diagnostic mammogram and will always see him for my exam to make sure there is not another mass. After having Skin Cancer and breast surgery I am more aware of what is happening to my body.
Breast cancer can happen to anyone. It can happen to women and men. It can happen to those we love and are closest to. It happened to me and now it has happened to someone so close to me, my best friend, My Sister.
She was diagnosed in August after having a routine mammogram and being called back for a biopsy. Her biopsy came back showing Cancer and was backed up with an MRI which found two more cancers. She went through the process of BRCA DNA testing and is now waiting for surgery date for a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Her faith in God, support of her family,and good doctors will get her through this.
Early detection is important! See your doctor if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:
Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
Change in the size or shape of the breast
Dimpling or puckering of the skin
Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
New pain in one spot that doesn't go away
Be a Survivor! I am! My sister will be too!