Calling All Sistahs – Self-Exam Reminder

I don’t have a card to share today, and I’m a day late getting this posted. I debated whether I was going to post it or not. As some of you may have noticed, I recently added a badge in my sidebar. If you hadn’t noticed, here it is:

Calling All Sistahs Badge

The badge represents a campaign put together by Michele from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to remind all of us about the importance of doing monthly breast self-exams. If you want to know more about why this is so important to her personally, you can read her story here.

I should clarify that I was never unsure about spreading the news about her campaign. As someone who lost my first cousin to breast cancer almost 30 years ago, I have faithfully done my self-checks every month since my early 20s. What I was unsure about what just how much detail I would share of my own experience going on right now.

I have always done my self-check each month to coincide with when I pay my housing payment. By doing it that way, I never forget because writing that payment check every month is an immediate reminder that I also need to do my self-check. So, when that time rolled around earlier this month, I did my self-check … and found a lump. I was at my doctor’s office first thing the next morning for a walk-in appointment. Thankfully, she seems to think it’s likely just a cyst, but I still have to go through the whole process to make sure. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be having a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, and meeting with a surgeon to have the lump removed.

I know it’s so easy to be lax about doing our self-exams every month or to just push them out of our minds. PLEASE don’t! Take them seriously! Early detection can be one of your best tools in the fight against breast cancer. I hopeful mine won’t turn out to be cancer, but if it does, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

If you are interested in stamps or dies to create cards for friends/loved ones fighting breast cancer, check out the Calling All Sistahs line Michele created. 50% of the profits for this product line will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Until next time …

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  1. Noreen says:

    Thanks for sharing this Mel. Initially, I thought, oh we have something in common as I lost my cousin to breast cancer, 25 years ago. We were in our mid 40s. As I read further, we have much more in common. My lump was discovered during a mammogram. Mine turned out to be cancer. I had surgery, chemo, and radiation in 2008. I thank you so much for sharing the importance of taking care of ourselves and by sharing our stories, we take care of each other. You will be in my thoughts, dear, every step of the way. XO

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