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Ladies, do a lump check!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012  |  Admin

Ladies, I'm handing over my blog for today to the lovely Michele. Michele is a loyal Cheeky Wipes customer, who you may have seen on our Facebook page. I'll let her explain in her own words:

On Monday 2nd July, life as I knew it ceased to exist when I heard the words nobody ever wants to hear: "I am so sorry, but you have breast cancer". I think that date will be etched in my mind forever.Rewind a few weeks and whilst having a bath one evening I thought I felt a lump, under my armpit, near my left breast. I wasn't too worried as it wasn't very big but I thought I had better get it checked anyway. A trip to my doctor reassured me that it was nothing to worry about and I should go home and forget about it. The words "don't keep poking it" were ringing in my ears!

Off I went on my holiday to Lanzarote confident in the knowledge that I was OK. While lying on my side on holiday I felt the lump again and decided that I would go back to my doctors when I returned, just to be on the safe side. A second visit to the doctors to see the nurse practitioner prompted her to send me to the hospital for tests. They performed a mammogram (which was slightly uncomfortable!) and ultrasound scan (which was fine!) and a biopsy (which was slightly more uncomfortable!) and they confirmed that I did indeed have grade 2 breast cancer.

So, on Friday 13th (I kid you not!) I am going into hospital for surgery. Because of the area the lump is and because I found the lump early enough I won't need a mastectomy (not that I would have cared if I had needed one). They will perform a lumpectomy (where they just remove the lump and some tissue from the surrounding area) and test my lymph glands while they are in there. I will then have 4 weeks of radiotherapy and depending on what they find during surgery, chemotherapy as well.

The purpose of this post is to say to every single lady who reads this to please check yourself and to tell every lady you know to check themselves. If you find anything suspicious at all please see a doctor and more importantly if they say its nothing to worry about get a second opinion just to be sure. The earlier this cancer is caught, the better the chances of beating it are.

I have small children, as I'm sure most people who read this blog do. My daughter is starting school in September and as she embarks on what is the biggest journey of her life so far, I too will embark on the biggest journey of mine, a journey I never wanted to take but I am determined that I won't be beaten!

I want to wish Michele all the best for her treatment and beg her to please keep in touch with us and let us know how she gets on. I think she's amazing for her positive outlook and immediate thought of warning other people. If anyone has been through a similar experience and could offer a friendly ear or support, please drop me a line and I'll put you in touch directly.

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