All posts tagged: Feel Your Boobs

It’s NO Pink Ribbon

Do you know what metastatic disease is? It’s secondary cancer. Do you know what secondary cancer is? I’ve titled this ‘It’s no Pink Ribbon’ for a reason: ONE… Because fighting cancer is no easy feat, it’s NOT pink and it’s NOT pretty. However, once you get beyond your battle, you can warm to the pink in terms of awareness and the money it generates for research, funding for breast care nurses etc. The pink ribbon movement is a very well recognised funding and awareness association (there are several ‘pink’ charities and organisations). The ‘Pink’ has almost made breast cancer seem “OK”?! It’s nearly created a naïve thought process that EVERYONE survives breast cancer… this is simply not true. AND TWO… Because anyone with metastatic disease is facing “NO CURE” (imagine suffering from a cancer with no hope for a cure – just biding time, treading water, hoping and praying that a medical advancement will come through in time.   Metastatic breast cancer, or secondary cancer – also known as advanced breast cancer, secondary tumours, ‘secondaries’ …

The Shower That Saved My Life

The most common questions I am asked, is: “How did you know?” “What were the signs?” “Did you find it yourself?” For anyone with babies or toddlers in their house, know that time is in short supply to have uninterrupted adult conversation. My hubby and I often had our quality conversations in the shower at the end of the day when the kids were asleep. “In June 2014 this shower turned from quality conversation to life saving.” On this particular night, we were in our teeny-tiny shower and obviously because space was limited I was at a different angle (to showering alone) when it came to washing under my arms… I swept my soapy hand across my breast and into my armpit… “What was that”? I said, it STOPPED me in my tracks. I said to my husband, “Oh my goodness, feel this.” (Just in case I was imagining it)… Nope, I was certain I just felt a big ass lump in my right boob. He felt it too… I was pretty calm; he on …