To all of you ladies and girls out there, you need to play with your boobies at least once a month. It may save your life. This is the main way to find out if you have any lumps that may be breast cancer. If you do find any lumps, go to your doctor. The doctor will most likely send you for a mammogram. If the doctor doesn’t think that the lumps are anything to be alarmed about, then you have a starting point to compare from month to month, just what your breasts are like and whether or not they have had any changes in them. It is always better to err on the side of caution and be wrong about there being a problem, than to ignore the lumps and not do anything when you actually do have breast cancer.

I Googled breast self examination, and found pictures on how to properly one. Breast cancer awareness is very important to me. My Grandmother died from it and my Mother is a survivor of it. I, myself have Fibrocystic disease in both breasts. Needless to say, I get a mammogram every year. The URL is

I have copied the article and the pictures as well. They are both pasted below.

Image – Breast Self-Exam – Step 1


Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

Here’s what you should look for:

  • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color.
  • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling.

If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin.
  • A nipple that has changed position or become inverted (pushed inward instead of sticking out).
  • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Image – Breast Self-Exam – Steps 2 and 3 

Raise your arms and look for the same changes.

While you’re at the mirror, gently squeeze each nipple between your finger and thumb and check for nipple discharge (this could be a milky or yellow fluid or blood).

                Image – Breast Self-Exam – Step 4


Feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few fingers of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together.

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side—from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

                     Image – Breast Self-Exam – Step 5


Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.

What are the Signs of Breast Cancer?

Question: I’m worried I might have breast cancer. What are the signs?

Answer: Often there are no outward signs of breast cancer that you can see or feel. If there are outward signs, the more common ones include a lump, an area of thickening, or a dimple in the breast. Less common signs include breast swelling and redness or an enlarged underarm lymph node.

But even if you have one or more of these signs, it still doesn’t mean you have breast cancer. Remember that most breast lumps turn out to be benign (not cancerous).

Still, it’s extremely important that you SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY if you’re worried that you might have breast cancer. Having your doctor take a look will ease your worry, and if anything is found, you’ll be able to take care of it quickly.

Physical examination of the breast is one way to find breast cancer.


I Googled Breast Self Exam and found the Warning Signs Of Cancer along with some pictures from the Susan G. Komen  website with the URL of

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

In most cases, these changes are not cancer. For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditions than with breast cancer. However, the only way to know for sure is to see a provider. If you have breast cancer, it is best to find it at an early stage, when the chances of survival are highest.

Breast lumps or lumpiness

Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. Some women have more lumpiness in their breasts than others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry.

If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue.

Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern and should be checked. This type of lump may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (such as a cyst or fibroadenoma). Learn more about benign breast conditions.

See a health care provider if you:

  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
  • Feel something that is different from what you felt before

It is best to see a provider if you are unsure about a new lump (or any change). Although a lump (or any change) may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it was checked.

If you have had a benign lump in the past, don’t assume a new lump will be the same. The new lump may not be breast cancer, but it is best to make sure.

Nipple discharge

Liquid leaking from your nipple (nipple discharge) can be troubling, but it is rarely a sign of breast cancer. Discharge can be your body’s natural reaction when the nipple is squeezed.

Signs of a more serious condition (such as breast cancer) include discharge that:

  • Occurs without squeezing the nipple
  • Occurs in only one breast
  • Is bloody or clear (not milky)

Nipple discharge can also be caused by an infection or other condition that needs treatment. If you have any nipple discharge, see a health care provider.

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Stronger Than I Thought – 11/20/14

My story begins June 10, 2014 I went in for a routine physical. Being 40 years old I knew I needed to schedule a mammogram and just have routine stuff done. The Dr did a breast exam and found a large tumor. She immediately scheduled a mammogram followed by a ultrasound and then a biopsy.

On June 14 at 11:02 am I received the call from her. I heard the words it is cancer. She proceeded to tell me it was Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade 3. No idea what stage it was as of yet because my lymph nodes had not been biopsied. The following day they were biopsied 1 negative and 2 were isolated. So a pet scan was ordered. The

Results were it was only in my left breast. GREAT NEWS. My tumor was 5cm which meant chemo to shrink it followed by surgery then radiation It was stage 2. I begin chemo on July 15, 2014.

Today I finished chemo. This is a huge accomplishment for me. I did 8 rounds and had every side effect there was. But there was no way I was giving up. I take it one day at a time and consider myself lucky. I still have a very long road ahead. In December I will have a double mastectomy and then radiation. After 6 months I will have reconstruction. Giving up was never a option. I walked into the cancer center for each chemo with my head held high and a smile on my face. I wasn’t going to let the chemo get the best of me and I didnt. I won’t alow cancer to win and with every appointment or procedure I make sure and have a smile on my face. Today marks a very important day for me. For anyone going through the start of chemo I say, although you may not know what to expect you can do it, there is a end to it and don’t EVER GIVE UP!!!!!!

Kim Reiswig
Minot, AL

I’m 57 years old, I’ve already survived polio, my parents were told I’d be in a wheelchair in my 20’s, they were also told I wouldn’t be able to have children. Boy, did I prove them wrong, 37 years later, I’m still standing, I have 3 terrific kids,1 grandson and I’m expecting a granddaughter in March. Doctors can’t measure the strength of someone’s will. I was negligent about my mammograms for about 8 years, did my self exams and let it go. My daughter works in a ob/gyn office and made me get up to date on my annuals. It came as quite a shock that I was diagnosed with, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, me!!! Then I was diagnosed Triple X positive, thank goodness it’s only stage 1, simple lumpectomy, 36 radiation treatments and I’m good to go!! That’s not how it turned out, genetic testing came back, I’m also BRCA 1 positive. I have a 97% chance of recurrence. My choices got so much more difficult, I’m already scarred, I’ve had many, many orthopedic surgeries, suddenly, I feel really damaged. I’m losing my ovaries, and I’m having a bilateral mastectomy. I feel like I’ve been thrown in a whirlpool of information and uncertainty. I survived polio, now I’m fighting a real battle, I had no idea how many lives this disease has touched, I have spoken with so many survivors, this effects your whole network of friends and family. It’s very hard to share the fear and uncertainty with the people closest to you. I know consciously that I’ll be alright, I won’t ever be the same, but I feel so many things deeper, my life has become richer, I am very blessed and very afraid, it’s human to want to run, but you can’t run from this, you have to face it. My daughter saved my life, I didn’t find the lump, my ob/gyn couldn’t feel it and neither could my surgeon, don’t count on self exams, be proactive, get your mammogram diligently!! Save your own life, don’t wait till you’re fighting for it.

Rochester, PA

You’re Never Too Young To Take Care Of Yourself – 11/19/14

In 2011 at 31, instead of enjoying time with husband and 5 kids, I was bone tired. Went to doctor, nothing was found. In September I started leaking blood from right breast. Went back to family doc, who sent me for mammogram/ultrasound. I went over to lab for that, and was treated like an idiot. Scans showed cysts, nothing else. I asked about bleeding and heard, “You’re young, come back in year for recheck.” I was cut off, told they know what they’re doing. I called family doctor to complain, he sent me in to surgeon to see about biopsies. Surgeon refused, said wasn’t necessary since the cysts were benign.

I gave up. But my husband said something isn’t right, someone needs to figure shit out. I called family doctor and he set me up to go to KUCancerCenter. First visit with breast surgeon at KUCC made me feel better. I explained how sick I was of hearing “You’re young, you’re fine,” and being blown off. She said she would not stop until I was satisfied with my answers. I went through more mamm/US/ductograms/biopsies/MRIs…then got the call to come in. I knew. At the visit my doc said I had breast cancer. Found thousands of micro tumors. Diagnosed November 16, double mastectomy December 20. Found in lymph nodes so more treatment. Chemo started January 2012, radiation June, Herceptin until January 2013. Had many complications but got through. I’ve had 6 reconstruction surgeries due to radiation. During last surgery, surgeon discovered muscle died and pulled tight to deform part of ribcage.

We had some of the worst/best people around us. Saw people we thought were friends leave, neighbors pretend I was invisible – And girlfriends I hadn’t been close to put their money/time into organizing fundraisers/parties. I have been through 4+ surprise parties/dinners my husband and bestie coordinated.

I’m here. I have narcolepsy and neuropathy from chemotherapy damage, I always hurt. But again, I’m here. I’m going to my kids’ baseball/football/basketball/dance/tumbling/gymnastics/cheer/golf activities. I’m hanging with friends. I’m loving my husband. 1-year remission anniversary March 28, 2014. Looking forward to many more.

Sara Grubb
Kansas City, MO


Not So Boldly Bald (An Excerpt From Laurasjourneyofhope Blog) – 11/19/14

I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. How could this be? By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade 3, a very aggressive form of cancer. The silver lining in all of this is that it was triple positive cancer.

The second A/C (red devil) treatment hit me sooner than the last one. I went to bed about 8:30 PM and stayed there. I only moved to take the anti-nausea medicine and sip my favorite purple Gatorade. I laid very still so as not to get sick. This treatment hit me with extreme nausea and fatigue. I stayed in bed only eating when I had to take meds and got up around noon the next day.

My hair was starting to fall out and I wanted to bond with my girls in a hair cutting celebration but it didn’t really turn out to be a celebration. It was still too raw for all of us. The girls didn’t really want to cut my hair so Kelsey took the pictures and Paige reluctantly began to cut my hair. All of us had to hold back tears and we tried to smile through the tears. I admire all of the women who journey through this disease and boldly go bald. That just wasn’t me. After my head was completely shaved, I joined Doug and his mom in the family room. I was wearing a soft beige turban. Turbans and wigs were part of the new normal.

I want everyone to know that it is okay to be sad about losing your hair, even grieve the loss of your hair. However, everyday is a new day and God will give you strength. “For I know the plans I have for you…” Jeremiah 29:11

Be Blessed.

Laura Starner
Lakeland, FL

Eight Little Words-Big Impact – 10/19/14

In January, 2011 I went for my regular mammogram. I was called back for a redo. Then an ultrasound. I was told there were microcalcifications that could be nothing or could be cancer. The words that came next floored the nurse and the radiologist. I told them that now isn’t a good time for this. The response was “when is it” a good time? I had to explain that I had just lost my father 3 months earlier and that my brother was upstairs in ICU. Oh my poor mother.

A week later. I had the biopsy and four days later heard those eight little words:” You have Stage 0 Ductal Carcinoma In Situ,” Wow! The doctor and nurse told me that this was the best type of cancer to get. Yeah! Okay! Sure! This diagnosis came a week after my 48th birthday. Let the roller coaster begin.The gauntlet of emotions, research mode, survivor mode, educator. I said educator because during this time I heard a great deal of hurtful things by others. Some of the comments and questions that were made were not made to be mean but out of ignorance. Ignorance of the disease. I explained to others what my diagnosis was as well as treatments.

It’s now close to four years later and I still reflect on all that has happened. I know that I would not have kept my sanity had it not been for close friends and family. I have lost friends through this and gained many more. I have gained a whole new group of “sisters” who have helped me when I needed someone who understood the place that I was at in this journey. I was lucky and I am thankful to a radiologist who insisted on the biopsy instead of waiting.

I try to help new “draftees” of this club no one wanted to join as others have helped me. Still wishing for someday when there will be a cure instead of just a treatment. I learned through this that I am a warrior. I am strong and I am a survivor!

Staying Positive With Breast Cancer – One Patient’s Story – 10/11/2014

Struggling With Staying Positive? You’re In Luck! Robin Roberts Has Something To Share

Robin Roberts battled breast cancer in 2007, and finished up treatments in 2008. Then, years after beating the disease, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease of the bone marrow. Although rare, this was directly linked to her chemotherapy treatments. Still, Robin did not let that faze her, and she fought, again, for her life.

Here, she talks about staying optimistic and “fighting the battle that’s in front of you.” She focuses on all of the great things she has accomplished since her battle with breast cancer, and this simple fact: her life went on.


Breast Cancer And The Power Of Positivity – 10/10/2014

February 24, 2014, that was the day I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Other than my cousin, there was no history of breast cancer in my family; I had just turned 41 in January, was healthy as a horse and had no symptoms whatsoever, but I’m a firm believer that the routine mammogram I had just a week before saved my life.

Being told you have cancer is like having an out of body experience, you hear the words that the Dr is saying, but for me it was as though I was literally watching myself being told that I was now joining the battle with the millions of others that I either personally knew or had heard of that had this horrible disease.

I decided to have a mastectomy & learned after my surgery, that the cancer had grown in size since my original biopsy & had also spread to my first lymph node, therefore putting me on the chemotherapy track. I have to undergo 8 treatments & I already have one under my belt, which I came through with flying colors. The love and support that I’ve received from family and friends and complete strangers is outstanding. Having breast cancer has shed a whole new light for me; and I’ve learned not to take anything in life for granted. I wake up every day with a smile on my face & a positive attitude. Don’t get me wrong, not every day is sunshine & rainbows for me & I certainly have my share of woe is me days and feeling sad and wondering “why me”? Thankfully those days are far and few between because I try my hardest to remain positive, not only for myself, but for those that are rallying behind me. While I still have a long road ahead of me, I’m very much looking forward to the end of this journey I’ve been put on & that final day when I can say “I kicked cancers butt”!

Lea Matayabas
Lynn, MA

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