Saturday, July 28, 2007

Cancer Sucks

I got this info off of Lawyer Mama ( and knew I had to pass it on as well. I have never read her blog but I love that she wants this post out there on as many blogs as possible. She has cancer, breast cancer, and that just isn't fair. She has 2 young boys, a husband, and I'm sure many other family memeber who love her and need her. Please send your thoughts, prayers, healing vibes-whatever it is you believe in-out to this woman and her family and wish her well.
I had an aunt die of breast cancer when I was very young and it tore our family apart in many different ways. Her husband got remarried and we never really seen her kids again. To this day I think about her youngest son, my cousin, who a year older than me. We were close, well as close as 7 year olds can be. I still think of him, I still wonder where he is and how he's doing, and I hate that cancer took all that away from me and all our family.
Please pass this along in any way you can, if someone else can get an early diagnosis from reading her post then that is a wonderful thing.
We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.
Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer

P.S. Feel free to steal this post too. I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked. Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care. But I want the word to get out. I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis? Is it a rash? Am I overreacting? This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


It's been less than a week and I'm posting again already! G and I took the kids to the beach today and we had a pretty good time. It wasn't for swimming, not where we were. It's a keep-your-shoes-on kind of beach and it was a little cool so it was an exploring day. The twins have never been to a beach before I don't think, not since they've gotten bigger anyway. Jorja had fun picking up shells and rocks, Ryder had a blast running around where he was supposed to and going ankle deep in the water. Unfortunately I don't have pics up on the computer yet, hopefully tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Well have I been slacking...

or WHAT! May was my last post, how horrible! Thank you to Donna for making me get back into the swing of things. I have been tagged to list 7 things about myself-I am horrible at this! I never know what to say about me, but here it goes:

1) I'm desperate to get better at photography.

2) Chocolate is my weakness!

3) I'm lazy-my house is such a mess right now but I've just been to tired and lazy to deal with it.

4) I'm really trying to be a more positive thinker.

5) My friends are just as important to me as my family-and just as loved. Don't know what I'd do without them.

6) I love cheesy teen movies-despite the fact that I'm 29.

7) I'm not afraid to turn 30.