It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and rather than write another
story about my experience with breast cancer, I’m going to ask you to do
something, but not for me, for you. I want you to do something for yourself,
for your self-care.
Will you commit to adding breast care into your monthly
And by breast care, I mean a monthly self-exam on the same
day every month.
And by routine, I mean choose a day that’s easy for you to
remember, the 1st, the 15th, whatever works for you. Make
it a habit. Make it a part of your self-care routine.
How to do a Self-Exam.
Not sure how to do a self-exam, I’ve got you covered. Below
are links to a few helpful resources.
Here is a link to a Mayo Clinic article with a lot of
valuable information if you’re into reading.
I found this video on YouTube. Dr. Carisa has a great
tutorial and demonstrates how to perform a self-exam.
And I even found this song about breast self-exams performed
by healthcare workers.
Will you commit to a breast self-exam as part of your
monthly self-care routine?
We have technology, you can set a monthly reminder on your
calendar. You can do your own self-exam in the shower, in the morning while
you’re getting ready.
Take care of your breasts. Take care of your body. You are
worth the extra few minutes a month. You are worth the best self-care.
If you have questions or notice changes to your breast, talk
to your doctor.
I took the picture while on my way to physical therapy a
couple of weeks ago at the breast clinic that diagnosed me which is in the same
building as my physical therapy.
It was one of those breath-taking moments that I was
reminded that I am a current breast cancer patient. I’m so very grateful that
my own self-exam caught my cancer early.