Just a little over 6 weeks ago, my friend Rachel (she’s just set up a blog to follow her journey) found a lump in her breast and immediately went to the doctor. It took six weeks for the full diagnoses, tests and to get treatment started. Six weeks! And this is pretty normal!
Did I mention that she’s 35? And she has a 4 year old son? Breast cancer knows no age, no race, no family. It doesn’t discriminate!
(I called her and asked if I could share her story.)
I had no idea that six weeks was normal. Rachel wanted me to remind people, if the standard is six weeks and we aren’t checking monthly (after your menstrual cycle is best), we are wasting precious time. We must remember to check our breasts monthly! Even if there isn’t a history of breast cancer in your family. Even if it’s awkward. Even if you don’t want to.
Do your self-exams!
A few weeks ago I had a really bad case of mastitis. Embarrassingly, that was probably the most in touch I’ve been with my breasts in far too long. It shouldn’t be like that, I mean I’ve even posted about setting a date to do my exam and having my husband remind me. You would think after finding a lump in college (that turned out to be nothing) that I would be more vigilant.
I have all of the excuses, but that’s it. They are all excuses and it takes hardly any time at all to do an exam.
Today, my friend is cutting her hair to just 1/4 of an inch. So she’s in control of it because it will very soon be falling out after her first chemotherapy treatment.
For her and so many others effected by breast cancer, I’m participating in the Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day.
What Is The Susan G. Komen 3-Day?
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to be a part of something bigger—ending breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people bout breast health and raising funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs with every step. It’s three days, 60 miles in the effort to end breast cancer forever!
Because of scheduling, I will be participating for one day, but my heart will be there all three days!
I’d love to have you join in for the walk. If you can’t, would you consider donating and helping me reach my goal? I know we all have a Rachel in our lives and we want nothing more than to find a cure! For all the times you wish you could do something, let’s Do Something Huge together!