October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I was 17 when I found my first lump, preparing to study for my HSC. I had always wanted to be a teacher and the university I wanted to get into had a higher UAI than all the others. So I was stressed and super focused on making it in.
It was probably growing there for a while…but I’d never checked my breasts before. I was 17 with no family history of breast cancer so that was the least of my priorities and the last thing on my mind.
It wasn’t cancer. But my first fibroadenoma; a non cancerous breast tumour usually occurring in young women.
The lump was 4 cm and caused me pain so I had to have it removed.
Being so young and scared at the time, I was convinced that one day I would have breast cancer as it seemed my body was predisposed to these lumps.
I didn’t and I don’t. But my little B cups have been through alot!
That was 2005.
Since then I’ve had a total of 4 breast operations to remove a number of these benign tumours. I have yearly checkups to monitor the growth, size and makeup of my breasts and the 13 lumps living inside them.
I’ve had numerous mammograms, biopsies and ultrasounds to check nodules, calcifications and lumps that are a bit out of the ordinary.
I can not encourage you enough to CHECK YOUR BOOBS!
There are some things you can’t take a chance on in life, and your health is one of them.
It takes 2 minutes of your time but can save you a long while of heartache. Do it in the shower, on the toilet, when you wake up, before you fall asleep, or as soon as you finish reading this.
Check your boobs.
Don’t know how, or what to look for?
I’ve got you covered 👇
So, how’d your check go?
Sending you love,