Today is one of those days I was dreading, which doesn’t happen to me very much anymore. I knew I had an appointment that makes my heart race and tears flow almost thinking about it.
A few years ago, I found a lump. Panicking, I took all the necessary steps to get it checked and thank God, it is a rather large, benign mass. I had the option of getting it removed, but since it’s pretty big, not currently causing any harm, and the surgery is pretty invasive for no real gain, I opted to keep an eye on it and have it removed when these bad boys get a facelift…. or boob-lift, down the road.
The plan was to have an ultrasound every 6 months to be sure that it’s not growing or changing. When I had my original biopsy, measurements were taken and a very small clip was put in, so that it can be easily located and identified.
With so much travel last year, I actually kind of forgot about it and let almost a year pass by without monitoring it. Last week, a sweet friend and fellow coach was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. Being the amazing, uplifting lady that she is – she used her trials to teach others, and spread awareness. It quickly brought my attention back to being responsible for my own health, and I rushed to schedule my very-late exam.
While my mass has not changed, thank God, it is so important to be thorough in our monthly breast exams, and to take responsibility for our health and wellness. So often, we skip the things that might be scary. Don’t – and if you find something, make an appointment. Wishing something away will never work, but there are treatment options and support for everyone, no matter what you might find.
I feel that it’s my job as a not only a woman, but also as a nurse, and a health coach to spread that message. Unfortunately, cancer is no stranger to our world. Most of us have been personally diagnosed with, know someone who is fighting, or even lost someone to this horrible disease, so I’m not saying anything that most of you haven’t heard. But I do want to make it clear that the best way to take care of these things is to find them early and don’t wait to get help. If you’re worried that it’s nothing and you don’t want to look silly, that’s a problem that a lot of women would love to have.
& if you have a free minute, please lift my friend Jen up in prayer!
So… unhook that bra, pretty lady – you’ve got work to do! 🙂