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    Breast Cancer

    Remember Oct is breast cancer awareness month.
    Please remember to get mamograms. I am a one year
    and 6 month survivor.

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    I'm a 'stubby and stretch' girl, still here, the 12th is my one year anniversary of the surgery.
    Had my annual mammo a few weeks ago and it came back clear.

    We are very fortunate, breast cancer is one of the very few we can have tests for, most of the rest of the cancers are found when symptoms become critical... If cost is a barrier check with the komen foundation, they pay for millions of them every year.

    Please don't resent all the pink ribbons on everything. I know they can be overwhelming, but the good they've done is immeasurable...and it could easily be You wearing one one day...

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    I got my mamo last year and I am waiting for the new digital machine for my next one. A very important part of my yearly check-up. I don't do it for me but for all my loved ones that depend on me to be there.

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    Approaching 5 year survival. Don't let the minor discomforts of mammograms keep you away. Self-exam showed nothing but mammogram caught the spot early.

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    This month I become a 13 year survivor. In response to what Greenheron said, after mine was diagnosed with the Mammogram, my doctor made the comment, "I know right where it is, but still can't feel it. So please don't rely on self examination only. If my doctor couldn't find it, I know I wouldn't be able to.

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    Wow, congrats to all the strong gals on here. Funny this post just came up, I am going for my mamo on 2 hours, and am dreading it, but you gals have reminded me to suck up up and just get it done!
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    Congratulations. It is a great feeling to know yu are cancer free. I am 5 years out of colon cancer.
    The "mamo's" arent too bad anymore. I, too, get one on the first available day of the new year.

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    Hugs and love to all the survivors out there.... over here in the UK we do not get mamo's until we are over 50 and then we only get one every three years.

    Some great advice that I read with a smile.....

    """"" Go and get your mammys grammed """"""!!!!!

    Hugs to all

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    Thanks for reminding everyone how important it is to make time for your annual mammogram. I am also one year and six month survivor. I am so thankful for early detection.

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    I am so thankful that our medical system recognizes early detection as one of the key compenents in battling breast cancer. My insurance company has an online system where you can set up an alarm email they send to you reminding you to get the appointment. As I shared in the personal section here on the QB, a family member was recently diagnosed with BC after having her annual exam. She had been diligent in having the annual mammogram and they caught this vigorously growing cancer. So don't let these slide ladies.

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    I am a 4-yr survivor. Just got my yearly mammogram last Friday and waiting on results. I know they say now that you should only have one every 2 years if previous ones have been clear and there is no history of BC in your family. However, I fell into this category and wasn't going to have my yearly one, but was going to wait another year. Well, the card came in the mail reminding me to make an appointment for my yearly one. So, I said OK, keep them off my back. That's when they found something, confirmed by a biopsy. I had Stage 1. Had a lumpectomy and radiation. No telling what I would have needed if I had waited that extra year. Don't put your mammogram off!

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    It's way too easy to think it won't happen to you, but it could. It happened to me - twice. Cervical and breast. Get your Paps, mammos and colonoscopies - they may be uncomfortable, but they save lives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne10 View Post
    Remember Oct is breast cancer awareness month.
    Please remember to get mamograms. I am a one year
    and 6 month survivor.
    So glad to hear you are a survivor too. I had my first mastectomy in 1979 (37 years old) and the other in 1984. So far so good. My baby daughter (at 27) had her first one in 2001 and the other one in 2007. She found out about the second one a month before her wedding. Her, now husband, supported her through it all. He told her he loved her no matter what.
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    Yep! Go gett'em. It only hurts for a little while and the treatments are so much worse!

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    I was so mad at my mammo tech two years ago when she even bruised my collarbone with that machine, but she found something early, and I am nearly two years out from my diagnosis. Worth it for sure.

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    I am a survivor of breast cancer, 26 years and counting.

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    Congrats!!!! for me, it's 3 1/2 yrs
    Be kinder than is necessary because everyone you meet is
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    You go Girls!!!

    I'm still fighting. Was diagnosed in 2008, came back in 2010 and again this past June. I'm considered Stage 4 now. BUT that doesn't mean the fight is over.

    A few minutes of discomfort is worth it!

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    interesting summer-went for the yearly squish and squash-tech saw 'something'-did an ultrasound-nothing-but she persisted and they did a biopsy-came back positive for LCIS-had a partial mastectomy-go back in 6 months for a recheck.
    I am glad it was caught early and that it was taken care of immediately.

    Do get the exam-it is worth your life.

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    2 years cancer free!!! Mammograms are part of my yearly thing to do!
    Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly

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    quiltmau, holding you in the pocket of my heart...

    I really appreciate hearing from the long time survivors. Is there ever a point when you stop thinking every itch and bump is cancer?

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    I had my test last month and my results came back with no problem. However, I feel there is something wrong, maybe just my fear, but wondering if I can get a retake. I don't think insurance would go for that, but I might try.
    Donna

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    Congrats! So glad.

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    3incollege, was it a regular mamo or the new digital? If it is there the new digatal are really good at finding it. If they see a little something on a regular mamo they call you back for an ultrasound. After the ultrasound they sometimes do a needle aspiration if they think it's a cyst. Mine was and it was a huge relief. If you are really worried maybe you can schedule an ultrasound on the suspect spot?

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    Like Tartan said the new digital ones are so accurate. They found the tumor in my Left/Louise with not problem, but the Right/Thema was just some very tiny early calicifications that could possibly developed into cancer later down the road. The tech couldn't find it at first, but the radiologist had highlighted a spot for her on the prior mamo to zone in on and there it was. I had a double. Figured if there were already precancers stuff going on, I was only going through that surgery once.

    Please know that not every lump is cancer. My Mom has what we call "Lumpy Boobs" She has never had a cancerous lump, has had over 20 large lumps removed over the years, now just has them aspirated. Her's are fibroyed (sp?) tumors. I've had a couple other lumps that were "fatty tumors", not cancerous.

    The ladies here that have had or currently do have cancer will tell you there are more than just one type. 3 ladies at work, all 3 of us have had a different type. My Aunt had one type of cancer, I have another. Her's could be hereditary, mine is gene related but not hereditary. You can get cancer at any age. I lost a 16 year old student to Breast Cancer. And guys get it too. Knowledge is power, even in cancer.

    As you can see by the ladies here, Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. They are finding new treatments all the time. I honestly believe that ATTITUDE is 99.9% of winning the battle. If you think it's going to kill you, go ahead and get your casket picked out because it will. But, if you have the Belief that you are going to beat this, you can. Even a Stage 4 like me can make it!! I tell people all the time, if the Grim Reaper wants me anytime soon, he better send a bus to run me over because cancer isn't going to get me.

    Keep fighting Girls!!

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