Dear future Pinksters,
What is scarier than Halloween? If you are a woman, hearing the words: You have breast cancer.
This can be shock to you even if you are expecting it. I know. I knew the minute I looked in my bathroom mirror on October 19, 2011 that the indentation under the nipple on my left breast and the tiny lump just below and to the right of it was breast cancer. My ‘gut instinct,’ Holy Ghost, God whispered this truth to me.
The lump could not be felt or seen when I was laying down. Most doctors do breast examinations when their patients are laying down. Every doctor, nurse and radiation technician asked me to show them where the lump was. The mammogram indicated that this lump was half the size of a pea. It showed up as a tiny speck.
Yet, when I heard those words from my oncology surgeon on November 22nd, (two days before Thanksgiving), I was shocked! I sobbed-even though I already knew.
Thankfully, my gut instinct was correct. Thankfully, my doctors believed me and moved forward full speed ahead with additional testing. One of them told me that the lump I found was mobile and that there was only a 2% chance that it was cancer.
I believe most of you are aware that regardless of whether you are in the statistic of 2% of the population or 99% of the population, for you, that statistic will always be: 100%.
Thankfully, I listened to the ‘little voice’ inside my head that told me NOT to wait.
For those of you who are reading these words, I am pleading with you to trust your gut instincts. Do your monthly self-exams regularly. Look in the mirror when you get out of the shower. Know what is normal for you! Nobody should know your body better than you do!
Enjoy your day,