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check yourself + those you love for signs of breast cancer,
get information + diagrams at breastcancer.org
i feel a new little lump i'm going to get checked out next week.
here's an excerpt from my breast cancer update 1 year ago:
"give those lemons a squeeze! it's time again to go to lemonland to protect yourself from breast cancer. spread the word. it's time to squeeeeeze!
i spent the day fighting off breast cancer. first i had radiation treatment #13 (15 to go. i'm almost 1/2 done), then the radiation doctor checked out my skin to see if it's burnt yet. it's red + burning like a sunburn so far. very annoying added to the persistent nerve damage pain from the mastectomy + lymph node surgeries. he signed my application for a temporary handicapped placard, because of the acute heart failure from chemo, plus radiation fatigue. then i had a little lunch + went back to the hospital for a radioactive heart scan for the rest of the day. now i'm radioactive + not supposed to be around my daughter or any small child or pregnant woman for 24 hours. i know the routine, this is my 6th monthly heart scan. each test result has been worse than the one before. next week, i'll get these results. the technician says he scans a lot of women with heart damage from herceptin + he hasn't seen anyone's heart improve yet, but maybe i'll be the first :D"
YAY!!! i'm here 1 year later! i'm taking my daughter to ice speedskating!!!
my heart has strengthened a lot, but my arm is still messed up from surgery + i have nerve damage in my hands + feet from chemo + i feel a little lump in my other breast i'm going to check out medically asap.
every day is a good day :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 8.9.07 Â©
your positivity is inspiring!
I am inspired by your outlook! You go, girl!
I remember this post like it was yesterday. One year later, and... go you! I hope that technician has stopped telling people he's never seen a heart get stronger.
That's a scary story. Glad you're doing better! Love your blog!
Wow - you've been through a lot. Thanks for sharing your story and for your delightful blog. I've got a mammogram today...it always feels good to have things checked out!
You blow my mind, mod*mom. You inspire me more than you will know.
whenever i see you, i guess i forget that this is a huge part of your life because you seem so focused on positive things. really im amazed, and its so funky of me, i complain about morning sickness every day when compared to so many people, i have nothing to complain about at all.
you rock !! stay strong :) you are an inspirtation. xo
Hugs, mod*mom! You are an amazing woman.
You are my hero! And yay for the speedskating!
thanks for posting about this. i've never done monthly exams, but i will start this month. i know i should be doing it, but i just haven't? i hope all goes well w/ your dr appt and everything is fine.
You are amazing. I love your lively spirit of optimism.
Keep up the positive spirit - have you read Crazy Sexy Cancer yet? Great book. Take good care -