I am sure the topic would have scared a lot of you guys. I can just imagine the expression on your faces. Yes I have had a breast cancer scare and I decided to share it with you all. As you all know, I have decided to take everything that happens to me as an adventure, learn from the lessons and try to make my life and the people around me better. That is the main reason I decided to share my scary experience with you all. I really hope it helps save a life.
For the past 5 years, I have been having pain in my chest and breast region. The pain comes for a short while and then disappears. I was scared when it first occurred because a friend of mine had just recently had a breast cancer scare. However when I saw a doctor, I was assured it was nothing and prescribed some pain killers and anti-malarial drugs. That was the end of that episode. Over the years the pain would come and go. I started paying attention to it about 3 years ago and discovered that it came when I was about to fall ill, so when I felt the pains I would self medicate with pain relievers and anti-malarial drugs (that is such a bad practice!).
Last year I had a major scare when I thought I felt a lump. I did feel a lump but the lump was a result of my menses that was about to start so when the menstrual period was over, the lump disappeared. To say I was not terrified would be an understatement. I cried for a while before I decided that I was not going to allow any cancer in my body. I am grateful to God that it was a false alarm.
However for the past two days I have been feeling some serious, sharp pains in my breast. The pains used to appear sharply then stop but this time the pains would come repeatedly for about 10 minutes then subside. After a while it would start again, at a point I was having chest pains. I felt ill and coupled with the stress and bad eating habit I have had in the last couple of days, I felt terrible.
I decided to see a doctor at the hospital where I work. Problem was that I didn’t want to expose my breasts to any male doctor so I had to look for a female one and she checked for lumps in my breasts. Thankful she couldn’t feel any lump. I knew I had no lumps because I carry out self breast examination. I don’t do it every month which is the ideal thing to do but at least I try. I know that a lot of ladies don’t do it at all but I hope this would remind everyone to conduct a self breast examination at least once a month. It is cheap, not painful and can really save your life. Please remind your friends to do so too.
I don’t have cancer (THANK GOD FOR THAT) but the doctor is suspecting something else. I have been instructed to go for a test which I have done. I am now waiting for the result. I am still going to go for the mammogram but would do it just because I want to. I am going to do it whenever I like, I might do it next month or next year but I would definitely go for it.
Whatever the test result says, I know that I would overcome it (there is nothing that God cannot do). I have a healthy, fabulous, bootylicious, divalicious body so pain or no pain I would be what I was destined to be!
I would try to look for a site where the steps that should be taken to conduct a self breast examination are properly described and place a link to it on my blog. I really hope you would click on the link and follow the steps.
I have to go. However before I do, I have a little bit of gossip for you guys. I GOT A BB….YEP A BLACKBERRY…..LOL…..LWKMD! I am sure a lot of people would have just hissed but it is a big thing for me because I never thought that I would get one because I am not a fan of BB. However I got one and I am still trying to learn how to use it. I just love my NOKIA and would have loved to have gotten an E5 or E6 instead but at least now I can ping my classmates who I have missed so much. So it is not that bad……lol.
One more thing…….HAPPY FABULOUS FEBRUARY!