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Friday, October 12, 2018

No FBA for a while

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.

Love, Meigan

11 comments:

  1. So sorry you are going through this, but so glad it was found early and you have a great prognosis! So many of us so worried about what to wear (what to sew!) and fail to appreciate the gift of health. Be well!

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  2. My thoughts are with you for speedy healing. I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Things will get easier and better!

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  3. Holy shit you poor sausage!!! Been through the mill all right.<3

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  4. So sorry to hear you are on this journey. Do practice physical as well as emotional self care. I'm all for testing, treatment and research. It is a devastating journey, but a necessary one. Two breast surgeries for me and extensive mammograms regularly. Keep your head high and thanks for posting this.

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  5. I'm sorry - but glad it was found at stage I. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    I may have had my last mammogram due to age, not sure if one more might squeak in before the age limit here in the UK.

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  6. Oh, shit. I'm so sorry. Thank you for posting and the update. I'm glad it was caught early. I hope your girls and husband are also doing as best they can.

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  7. So sorry to hear how tough your summer has been. You are awesome to shed light on your experience and awareness in others. I pray you continue to recover well.

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  8. So sorry to hear this has happened to you. Thank you for reminding sewers everywhere to get checked.

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear this.

    THANK YOU though for stating that. People have been a bit offended by my unwillingness to participate in the "awareness" multi-billion dollar scheme. We're well aware. We need more!

    A couple of years ago I found a small irregularity and the doctor told me it was "probably nothing" and since I was "only 37" it was probably not cause for concern.

    Probably? Uhmm, no thank you? I.Want.A.Mammogram. And I advocated and got one (3D) and it was nothing, thankfully.

    Watch all the tv! Take care of yourself friend <3

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  10. Thinking of you Meigan. Hope you recover quickly.

    Kathleen

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