Thursday, 19 October 2017

 

 "The Road Back to Hell"

 This is the bittersweet story of growing up in an extremely dysfunctional home in the 1950's and 1960's. As the oldest child of my biological mother, Bonnie, and my adoptive father, Stew, I was the only daughter who benefited from the strong love my parents shared during the early years of their marriage. Shortly after the birth of my first sibling, Judy, their marriage started to crumble.  

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:18

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am devoting my October blogs to sharing information and stories about this dreaded disease. I would like to include personal stories, beginning with my own, and including the stories of others who would like to share their experiences. If you, or someone you know, have experienced breast cancer and would like to share your story, please contact me via email.  My email address is- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your permission to post the story in my October blogs.

Medical New Today recently posted an article that I found to be very informative and straightforward. Here are a few excerpts-

'Advances in screening and treatment have improved survival rates dramatically since 1989. There are around 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States (U.S.). The chance of any woman dying from breast cancer is around 1 in 37, or 2.7 percent. 

In 2017, around 252, 710 new diagnoses of breast cancer are expected in women, and around 40,610 women are likely to die from the disease. Awareness of the symptoms and the need for screening are important ways of reducing the risk.

The first symptoms of breast cancer are usually an area of thickened tissue in the breast, or a lump in the breast or in an armpit. Other symptoms include:

  • a pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly cycle
  • pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, like the skin of an orange
  • a rash around or on one of the nipples
  • a discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood
  • a sunken or inverted nipple
  • a change in the size or shape of the breast
  • peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nippleMost lumps are not cancerous, but women should have them checked by a health care professional.'Let's work together by sharing these stories to help raise awareness of the importance early detection.

Most lumps are not cancerous, but women should have them checked by a health care professional.' 

Let's work together by sharing these stories to help raise awareness of the importance early detection.

You can read the complete article by following this link- https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/37136.php

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