Crystal passed on this Pink Penguin to me, and I so welcome it. I’m a staunch believer that raising breast cancer awareness is key to detection and prevention.
A friend of mine has been battling the big C for about 7 years already. It was detected early on, but she was not given proper treatment. She went through mastectomy, chemo therapy and radiation, after which she was on Tamoxifen. Everything was fine, but 2 years after that, the cancer had metastasized to her liver and lymph nodes. She was strong enough to continue with her battle, so she had to undergo chemo again. In the midst of all these, would you believe she got pregnant? The pregnancy had to be terminated.
Then, it was determined that she should have been taking drugs to induce menopause while taking Tamoxifen. The determination came after she switched physician and a new hospital (Memorial Sloan Kettering).Her battle continues. Two years ago, malignant tumors were found in her brain, and she had undergone gamma knife to remove the tumors. She’s one strong woman, as she vows to battle this till the end. No one would ever know she’s suffered much, as she tries to lead a normal life, working full time and taking care of her family.
The other reason why this is close to my heart, is that, I am also being closely monitored by my Oncologist. I go for mammograms and sonograms every 6 months, because malignant cysts have been surgically removed twice already, and they keep coming back. Surgery is no longer an option for me because I don’t want to go under the knife anymore. Dr. K’s been pleased so far with the recent tests. And it pays to know, that I’m going to one of the most sought after Oncologists here in New York.
So my dear readers, please spread the word about Breast Cancer awareness. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a must. Most of all, go get a mammogram every year. Early detection is the key.
To my fellow bloggers, feel free to snag the Pink Penguin and welcome Penguin in your site. Help me spread awareness!
This is it for today…in My World.