Friends, I haven't blogged in a while. In June I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am 43. I have no family history, and no genetic mutations for it. But I got it. It was found during a mammogram (which happened to be done 3 months earlier than "needed") This whole summer has been a cruel, unkind roller coaster of tests, biopsies, treatments, and decisions.
One week ago today I had a bilateral mastectomy. Reconstruction will happen in a few months. So...no FBA needed for me for a while. I am completely deflated and extremely sore.
Pathology was good, I am stage I with no lymph node involvement. I'm still waiting on one final test to come back which will determine if I need any additional treatment. Right now, I should not need chemotherapy or radiation. Fingers are crossed.
Here is my outfit of the day:
Hair in braids to keep it off my neck. I am not allowed to bring my arms above shoulder level.
Hubby's Hawaiian shirt: I need button down tops that are roomy to accommodate swelling
Post Surgical camisole, thankfully paid for by insurance
Lowes apron to hold surgical drains: $1.50 at Lowes
me made pajama shorts
I feel better every day and have been relaxing and watching lots of TV guilt-free.
Seeing how October is Breast Cancer awareness month and all sorts of pink ribbon items will be popping up in stores, I ask you to take a minute and remember that almost all of these items are about capitalism, not cancer. In many cases, only pennies on the dollar go toward a charity. If you want to give money to help find a cure, donate to a reputable charity that funds research grants, rather than those that promote 'awareness.' Research will find a cure and the causes, not a tee shirt.
So friends, get a mammogram even if you are under 40. Get a 3D mammogram-this should really be the standard, but isn't. If you have a family history of cancer, do genetic testing-knowledge is power. Be well.