This BLOG is about BREAST CANCER AWARENESS UNDER THE AGE OF 40 and advocating for yourself to get a baseline mammogram. Early detection is crucial especially for women under the age of 40. Fewer than 5 percent of women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40. Yes, it is a small percentage, but YOU could be part of that percentage, I am. Often times, women under the age of 40 may have false positives or dense breast tissue, but it is better to know that in advance and monitor changes when you receive a mammogram again when you are 40 years old. If you are over the age of 40, please get a mammogram.
My whole breast cancer diagnosis is somewhat surreal and I still cannot believe that I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 with no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer does not run in my family. The reason that I had my first baseline mammogramwas because a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. I thought to myself, I should probably get my baseline mammogram to check things out on my own.
My husband was going to be out of town on Saturday, January 12, 2017, so I thought, that sounds like a great day to get a mammogram! I scheduled my appointment online and that was that, so I thought… I needed to get my gynocologist to sign off on the papers for my scheduled mammogram. I spoke with the Nurse Practitioner and she asked, “Have you noticed any lumps or changes in your breasts.” and my answer was “NO.” She also asked, “Does breast cancer run in your family.” and my answer was “NO.” The Nurse Practitioner said that the Gyncologist doesn’t usually recommend a patient getting a mammogram unless they have answered yes to the questions that she had asked me.
As a chemotherapy patient, you never realize how important your eyebrows are until they are gone. To be honest, I was surprised that I missed my eyebrows more than my eyelashes. I tried fake lashes a few times for major events, but not for everyday wear. I was not allowed to go to a Lash Bar to have fake lashes put on due to the risk of germs and infection.
As for my eyebrows, there was something I could do, dray my own! I went to Sephora with my mom and one of the makeup artists showed me how to use an eyebrow pencil correctly. I had never used an eyebrow pencil before, so I was a little anxious. She recommended that I use a slanted eyebrow pencil. She recommended Benefit. This product is easy to use. If you do make a mistake, you can use the Benefit highlighting pencil to “clean up” your mistake. A piece of advice is to use your hands to feel where your eyebrow bone is and use the eyebrow pencil in that area. Continue reading “Chemotherapy Recommended Items: It’s ALL about the BROWS!”
The word HOPE has different meanings for different people. The website LoveHope.co offers HOPE to those that strive to overcome their physical, emotional, and social obstacles. I was excited when LoveHope.co reached out to me on Instagram and asked me to write about MY STORY on their web page.
Wow, it has been a long time since I have written! I have been very busy living and loving life. Things have definitely not gone back to the way they used to be, but I am adjusting to the “new normal”. My last cancer treatment, radiation, was a little over a year ago. I remember that day vividly, celebrating with my friends and family in the lobby of the hospital and RINGING THE BELL!
I recently met with my oncologist and radiation oncologist and they said that my scans are clear! I was so nervous leading up to those appointments because you always have the fear that the cancer will return or metastasize. I was more than relieved when I found out the results on the same day and did not have to wait.
I received Taxol as part of my chemotherapy treatment. My oncologist recommended that I soaked my nails in vinegar and water daily. I used equal parts vinegar and water. I also was not allowed to get a manicure or pedicure due to possible infection of my nails. I did not have any problems with my fingernails falling off from Taxol. Continue reading “Chemotherapy Recommended Item: Nail Time”