Thursday, July 24th 2008

Becky wins this month!  Cute paper thingies tied up with ribbons headed your way, Becky! In the comment section Becky asked what I thought about recent news that doing BSE’s is not necessarily helpful. Great question.

I think it’s always been debated whether all women definitely should or not.  Certainly lots of professionals don’t think so.  I disagree because of personal experience.  The night I found that lump, my whole life came to a stop.  The one nagging question I had – and had no way of answering – was, “how long has this lump been here…?” Doctors asked me at every appointment. I would just shake my head and say I didn’t know. Then they’d ask me again, in a different way. My eyes would well up with tears because I desperately wanted to know what the answer was as well.  

That one question kept me up at night.  I didn’t know the answer because I never did BSEs.  If I should ever find another lump of any sort – I want to be able to say, “Hmm. That’s new. That definitely wasn’t there last month.”

That’s why it’s important for ME to do them every month. I know lots of you have your own, equally personal reasons. Feel free to share them if you’d like.



4 Comments on “Winner!”

July 24th, 2008
8:59 pm

That’s a great point. Same reason that I periodically check moles and any age spots on my skin – so I know when they change. I’m not leaving it to periodic mammograms.

July 25th, 2008
12:23 am

I’m like Julie, I track the moles and want to be able to say how long it has been “different.’ I hate not being able to answer when staring doctors in the face. I do it for me — so that I don’t have the squirmy feeling.

July 27th, 2008
1:34 am

I think it’s very important that you check for yourself. My Mom found her tumor that way and when she went for the mammogram they couldn’t even spot it. I’m so glad she was taking the time to check and know her own body. It saved her life!

Tanya Gould
November 13th, 2008
12:41 am


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