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Blog for Your Breasts Day!

USE YOUR VOICE - BLOG FOR YOUR BREASTS!

Blog for Your Breasts Day - October 3

Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month by participating in the second annual Blog For Your Breasts Day. Use your voice to help further breast cancer research by encouraging your readers to join the Army of Women.

It’s as easy as one, two, three!

  1. Post about the Army of Women program – an easy way for all women to help breast cancer research.
  2. Ask readers to join the Army of Women: www.armyofwomen.org.
  3. Celebrate your post by tagging your blog with the official BFYB Button – (Right click the image above to Save to your desktop)!

What is the Army of Women?

A program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, the Army of Women initiative is dedicated to recruiting one million women of all ages, ethnicities, with or without breast cancer, to sign up and participate in innovative breast cancer research studies.

After signing up at www.armyofwomen.org, members are then contacted via email blast about new studies seeking volunteers. They can either sign-up for the studies online, or if they do not qualify, they are encouraged to forward the information to a friend or family member. Every woman over 18 is welcome to participate, whether a breast cancer survivor or someone never affected.

There are currently more than 20 breast cancer studies seeking volunteers through the Army of Women. The full list of open studies seeking volunteers like you are listed at:www.armyofwomen.org/current

Lynn said...

I have a story that might help someone else. My name is Lynn Jones, from Amarillo Texas. I started getting yearly mammograms when I was about 35 years old. I had what they told me was fibrocystic disease, and if I cut back on the caffienne the lumps would go away. I am a Respiratory Therapist and there is no way a person can get by without coffee or cokes.
About the age of 40 after my mammo, I asked if the could drain some of the more painful cysts. The Radiologist working that day wanted to argue with me but since we were both employed by the same hospital he gave in to my request (although he was very angry).
He came into the ultrasound room, swabbed my breast with an alchol pad, and jammed a needle into my breast, aspirated the fluid, threw the syringe onto a tray and left. The Tech put a bandaid on the puncture spot and said I was free to leave.
The following year I had my medical records transferred to the cancer center. When I finished my mammo I asked for them to drain the more painful cysts again, and since word travels through the medical community quickly that I was trouble, the Physician was going to grant my request. During the procedure he told me it really wasn’t necessary, but did it anyway.
When I was 42 they drained 9 large cysts. When I was 43 I only had 3 medium sized cysts on my right breast. My mammo was clear so he grudgingly drained my cysts for me. I felt much better and was even going to the beach in 5 days, life was good.
Two days later the cancer center called and said the fluid had malignant cells. I was to meet the Radiologist in the office the next am, to do a biopsy and place a marker.
After this had taken place they did a follow-up mammo, which nothing showed not even the metal marker. So I was sent for an MRI, which nothing showed,not even the marker. By then I got ahold of the path report and the numbers on everything were bad, except I didn’t have any necrotic cells. So the surgeon told me I had stage 2-3 CA and needed surgery tomorrow. Although he is not in charge of scheduling for the sx suites, I had to wait a month to have sx, Needless to say my husband I were scared beyond what words could ever express, plus knowing I had a very aggressive CA growing that wasn’t showing up on any Radiology exams and I was just sitting around.
I finally threw a fit and demanded a PET scan. The PET showed 3 areas light up, my imaginary lump, sentinal node and a lymph node in the internal mammary chain at approx 4th rib next to my heart. They did a R mastectomy, started me on adrimyacin/Cytoxin then Taxol. Then I went through 6 weeks of radiation for the internal node they chose not to remove.
Seven months later, I was still scared and knew a little about insurance company’s. I knew I couldn’t get a PET just because I had a “bad feelin”. So I told my oncologist that my liver hurt, I had seen a lot of my patients with Breast Cancer have mets to the liver. He immediately set me up for a PET. The next day I was sitting in his office,CA was back and I was getting my options. Since I worked at the hospital, I informed my surgeon that my CA was back, and I wanted it removed. I didn’t know it at the time, but the locaton was beyond his scope of practice. We argued about how it could be treated without surgery, I fired him. Had another surgeon go after it. It took 2 weeks to get me into surgery, during that time it had metastisized to the next node on the chain.
I then had to go through more Chemo and Radiation.
The point of my story is if a Physician throws a fit and throws a syringe get off the table and throw it back and say this is my body and life.
Several people I know are afraid to question their Doc, women need to learn the have to fight for what they want, until we can get things changed. I apologized to my Doc for lying about my liver hurting, since then he has learned to trust my gut feelings.
If you can use this story feel free, if it helps 1 woman, it will be worth it

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