Sunday, October 10, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is very important to each and every woman out there.

Thanks to Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage  for this badge.

Many of you aren't aware that I am a 10 year survivor of breast cancer.  I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), stage zero, after a routine mammogram.  I was very fortunate that it was caught very early.  I subsequently had two lumpectomies, 6 weeks of radiation therapy, and 5 years of taking Tamoxifen daily.  I cannot tell you how important it is to get a regular mammogram and also check yourself once a month.  My DCIS could not have been detected by checking myself.  Only a mammogram could have found it at that early stage.  Just 15 minutes of my time once a year and it saved my life.


Karen Valentine said...

Thanks so much for sharing this Judy!!! It's always good to be reminded how important those exams are! Have a wonderful day!

Michelle said...

Bless you for being so brave and sharing this. I am 45 and have never gone. I have my pap and all the other "stuff" but am terrified of having my boobs squished. I have been diagnosed with diabetes this week and really starting to think about myself more. TY again for sharing this.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Hi Judy - my blog sister and now sister in the battle of the cancer fight! Although I have only been a survivor since August 19th, I can hardly WAIT to be able to write that I am a 10-year survivor like yourself!! *smiles*.