Posts tagged "breast cancer awareness"

Watch LMS TODAY on Huffington Post Live discussing mammograms

Watch LMS TODAY on Huffington Post Live discussing mammograms
Do you remember last fall when my first mammogram turned into a lumpectomy? I’m sure you do because I (over) shared the whole thing right here on these pages. Today I have some exciting updates: First, after a mostly positive 6-month follow-up diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound in May, I was referred for genetic counseling and... Read more »

6 things I learned from my close encounter with breast cancer

6 things I learned from my close encounter with breast cancer
Regular readers of Little Merry Sunshine know that I recently had a too-close-for-comfort breast cancer scare. In the end, I had a benign papilloma, but throughout the process of multiple mammograms, ultrasounds, two biopsies, and a lumpectomy, there was no guarantee my story would have a happy ending. Over the last four weeks, I’ve learned... Read more »

Lumpectomy results: A benign papilloma

Lumpectomy results: A benign papilloma
NOTE: This is the conclusion to an unexpected five-part series about my first mammogram. To fully appreciate the context of what transpired, I encourage you to read the first three installments: My first mammogram saved my life, Respect my coping skills and I’ll respect yours, My lumpectomy was easy-peasy, and Post-lumpectomy recovery. By about 4:00... Read more »
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Post-lumpectomy recovery

Post-lumpectomy recovery
NOTE: If you haven’t read the first three installments of this unexpected series, My first mammogram saved my life, Respect my coping skills and I’ll respect yours, and My lumpectomy was easy-peasy, I encourage you to read them. It’s not necessary to read them in order to understand what’s happening, but they will give you more... Read more »

My lumpectomy was easy-peasy

My lumpectomy was easy-peasy
NOTE: If you haven’t read the first two installments of this unexpected series, My first mammogram saved my life and Respect my coping skills and I’ll respect yours, I encourage you to read them. It’s not necessary to read them in order to understand what’s happening, but they will give you more context. My Needle... Read more »

Respect my coping skills and I'll respect yours

Respect my coping skills and I'll respect yours
Since sharing my mammogram and tomorrow’s lumpectomy story six days ago, I’ve been inundated with both public and private messages thanking me for demystifying the process of getting a mammogram. Women have shared their own lumpectomy and mastectomy stories, how they were scared, and how they dealt with their emotions in a variety of ways.... Read more »
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My first mammogram saved my life

My first mammogram saved my life
I’m 43. I was due to have my first mammogram three years ago, but I didn’t do it. I know I should have especially because my mom had a cancerous lump removed from her breast three years ago. I could tell you the litany of reasons why I avoided a mammogram, but those reasons don’t... Read more »
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