October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to do a little more than the average breast cancer awareness post. Here is my humble attempt. I’ve put this post together with; videos of survivors, an interview with Christina Applegate, early signs & symptoms, blogs of note, news, and links to informative support sites. If I’ve missed something (and I’m sure I have), please share the information with our readers in comments.
If you take nothing else away from this post, take this…
Take care of your personal breast health. Talk to your mother’s, daughter’s, sister’s, and girlfriend’s about mammograms, self breast exams, and healthy living. Be “aware” – It’s not just about buying pink stuff.
Here is Christina Applegate from Samantha Who, talking about her breast cancer on GMA, only three weeks after having a double mastectomy.
Christina Applegate was also on Oprah – see more on her appearance here.
Surviving Breast Cancer:
A breast cancer diagnosis can make you feel like your body was hijacked. Everything that was womanly about you is suddenly taken from you, quite literally, and you’re left by yourself to rationalize something that is too intimate for others to understand and too universal to keep bottled up.
Not very often does a breast cancer diagnosis make you love your body, and even less often does it make you love your breast. But that’s what happened for Eriko.
“My breast cancer made me a sexier person,” she said. “I was forced to become in tune with my body and my breast. I had no choice. Not all women really want to have to deal with it, but when you’re confronted with a diagnosis of cancer, you have to pay attention to your body in ways you never did before.”
Lori Lober speaks about how the biotech treatment Herceptin helped in her fight against breast cancer…
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you can get a free copy of Lori’s book “Bigger Than Pink” at her website. You can also learn more about her organization, the Touched By Cancer Foundation.
How breast cancer taught Cara how to live…
“I had never known anyone before who’d had cancer, and I just thought that was the end of the world. I decided I would make a list of all the things that I had never done, and during the recovery period between surgery and chemotherapies, I would do all those things,” Cara said.
Now for some awareness. Do you know the early warning signs of breast cancer?
In its early stages, breast cancer usually has no symptoms. As a tumor develops, you may note the following signs:
- A lump in the breast or underarm that persists after your menstrual cycle; often the first apparent symptom of breast cancer, breast lumps are painless, although some may cause a prickly sensation. Lumps are usually visible on a mammogram long before they can be seen or felt.
- Swelling in the armpit.
- Although lumps are usually painless, pain or tenderness in the breast can be a sign of breast cancer.
- A noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, which may indicate a tumor that cannot be seen or felt.
- Any change in the size, contour, texture, or temperature of the breast; a reddish, pitted surface like the skin of an orange could be a sign of advanced breast cancer.
- A change in the nipple, such as an indrawn or dimpled look, itching or burning sensation, or ulceration; scaling of the nipple is symptomatic of Paget’s disease, a localized cancer.
- Unusual discharge from the nipple that may be clear, bloody, or another color. It’s usually caused by benign conditions but could be due to cancer in some cases.
- A marble-like area under the skin.
- An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
Breast Cancer Blogs of Note:
Laurie at Not Just About Cancer…
I am the mother of two beautiful boys who are a source of endless joy and amusement, as well as being quite different from each other. Great blog fodder. My spouse T. and I have been together for 16 years. I adore him. I am fortunate to have wonderful friends and family and a pretty good life. I am also in remission (but still in treatment) with breast cancer that has spread to my liver. I plan on defying the odds for a long time to come.
Welcome to my world, Toddler Planet. We laugh, we play, we build, and we learn. My current challenge is raising a preschooler (Widget, born 8-04) and a toddler (Little Bear, born 1-07) while working a few hours a week and fighting inflammatory breast cancer with the support of my friends, Team WhyMommy. You can also find me at DC Metro Moms Blog, Women in Planetary Science Blog, Mothers With Cancer,Review Planet, Twitter, or the playground. Our advocacy work has been featured in Health, Parents magazine, on CNN.com, and as a multipart video on Fox News Channel 5. Join the party — post about IBC on your blog and I’ll link back to you too!
Yesterday marked one year (at exactly 5:30) since I found out I had breast cancer. What an anniversary to remember, eh?
It started the end of one existence and the beginning of another. A new norm, I’m told. I’m now part of a club no one wants to be a part of.
I went for my follow-up MRI a week ago and go for my mammogram/ultrasound on Wednesday. To say I’m on pins and needles waiting for the results would be the ultimate understatement. I’m terrified. And no one can say – oh don’t worry, it’ll be fine. If you do, I’ll come through the computer and strangle you. It’s just time I’m going to have to pass waiting for the results.
Just pray for me and send your angels my way.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer just a month after I turned 39. I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, from March through October, 2006. So far my subsequent check-ups continue to say my body is cancer-free. Of course, once you’ve had cancer, you’re never fully free of it–but life does go on, sometimes even better than before!
Kris Carr (moi) is the director, producer and subject of The Learning Channel (TLC) documentary film “Crazy Sexy Cancer.” I’m also the author of “Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips,” an advice from the trenches girlfriend’s guide to the LITTLE “c.” My blog is chock full of information, how to’s, hell yeah’s, and secrets for anyone dealing with adversity, not just cancer. It’s loaded with funny stories, moving reflections, and awesome education. Hope you enjoy!
Founder of the holistic social network my.crazysexylife.com, a groovy wellness playground dedicated to health, happiness, spiritual sanity, and all things that praise & protect red hot mama earth. My wake-up call came in 2003 when I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. I thought my life was over, I had no idea it was just getting started! I immediately began to educate myself, change my diet and lifestyle and turned my sh$t into organic champagne. Join the revolution and live like you mean it!
My name is Renee and I am 52 years old. I am married to someone I love and I have three children and one granddaughter. I am a happy person. I have Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), and I am not happy about that. I am Stage 4 and I am in the process of learning to live with birds circling my head.
Who are you and why are you doing this?
I was asked this question and this really confronted me deeply. To give you an example of my day, I get up and get my little girl off to playschool every morning. I sit behind this computer and hour or two ( or until my tail bone screams for mercy). As a terminal cancer patient, which some days needs help getting dressed and bathed. I am on a much slower pace of finishing or editing a post.
Blogging has become a part of my life, and it filled a gap the day my now 3 year old went off to playschool. I finally had time to hunt for Internet bargains, read up on child development, and naturally investigate travel opportunities. These things have nothing to do with the theme of my cancer blog, but I post about them just the same. Who am I? a blogger.
Who I am I in your cancer world? I am a chemo patient that has had more than 100 chemos race through my veins.
Kathy-Ellen Kups – Life With Breast Cancer
Kathy-Ellen is a corporate speaker and trainer, lives in Michigan with her husband Bob and her two teenage sons. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and has been cancer-free since April 2004, when she completed treatment that included surgery and chemotherapy.
Jayne’s Breast Cancer Blog – Exploring the intersection of cancer and creativity…
I’m a breast cancer SURVIVOR & I live one day at a time. I’m also a freelance writer, incredibly happily married, and the mother of three amazing sons.
This is the story of my journey with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer News:
Stress May Increase The Risk of Breast Cancer
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- National Cancer Institute
In a recent Breastcancer.org survey of 2,500 girls ages 8-18, nearly 30% believed they might currently have breast cancer.
How is this possible when, in fact, the likelihood of any girl under age 18 having breast cancer is exceedingly rare? Why are so many girls mistaking the normal signs of breast development as symptoms of breast cancer?
Are you blogging about living with breast cancer. If so, please leave me your link in comments.