Spread the word…

6 08 2007

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I am a strong advocate for cancer research and the race to find a cure. I volunteer my time to the ACS and the Relay for Life. I have family and friends and their family who have been infected by cancer. We have shares stories of hope and as always, stories of loss. Anytime I see an opportunity to spread the word, I do so. There are, unfortunately, many bloggers who have come across and battled this poison. One blogger that moved me is WhyMommy. Right now she is on the battle front with IBC and she is working her hardest to win this battle. Please take a minute to read what she posted as an advocate and a warrior:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.

Team WhyMommy

P.S. Feel free to steal this post too.  I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked.  Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care.  But I want the word to get out.  I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis?  Is it a rash?  Am I overreacting?  This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.

Thank you.

This is something that can recognized and treated quickly. There are so many warning signs that our bodies give us when it comes to Cancer but as a public, we are too ignorant to the facts to recognize it. One of the biggest reason’s I relay is for the education. It’s important!! Its scary!! But its reality.

I always find advocates in the strangest places. I found it at Dodger Stadium on Saturday when we went to the game. They have launched their own charity in light of Cancer advocacy and research. Think Cure.  In light of this charity, they have taken down their beloved “Think Blue” sign in the hills surrounding the stadium and replaced it with “Think Cure”. I’ll post a pic once I can because that sign alone, will bring awareness to the thousands who pass through those gates.

I hope anyone stopping by read this and that it touched them somewhere. Thats all that matters. Thats where we begin in this fight.




4 responses

7 08 2007

My goodness. I had never heard of this, so you did your job with this post. Now I know. I’m just sorry you have to go through this. What about treatment? What are you going through?

7 08 2007

Just a quick note: I didnt write the information on IBC, it was WhyMommy at http://toddlerplanet.wordpress.com/
Go check her blog out and join her team to fight this horrible fight!

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