Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Day One

Hi Friends,

Can you BELIEVE it’s October? I mean where does the time go? Speaking of time…October means it’s breast cancer awareness month, again. As a breast cancer survivor I know two things for sure 👉🏼breast cancer awareness is about more than buying pretty in pink packages. And 👉🏼early detection is the key to survival.

In order to catch cancer early you have to get to know your breasts.

I get it. The idea of poking around in your breast tissue is undesirable and uncomfortable. It feels weird. But, it can be the thing that helps you identify unusual lumps and bumps in the very early stages. Not all lumps are cancerous. In fact, experts say most aren’t. But you don’t want to take that chance. Trust me!So be sure to check your breasts EVERY month.

I don’t know how.

Before I was diagnosed I really didn’t know how to do my breast self-exams. I tried. I think I did okay. But I wish I’d known the correct way to do them. You can learn how to properly do your breast self-exams HERE

Get your mammogram.

Even if you do regular breast self-exams you should get your mammograms. Again, I know mammograms aren’t comfortable. Sometimes they even hurt. But combined with your personal exams, mammograms can help detect cancer in the very early stages. The sooner the better!

Early arrival, 90 percent survival.

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How To Find an Oncologist

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer the only thing I knew about an Oncologist was that I’d hoped I never needed one. Well, there’s goes that.

Somewhere between my shock and the doctors fear tactics I remember saying while fighting back tears “I have no idea how to find an Oncologist.”

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Menopause Meltdown

Dear friends and menopause survivors, today I come to you in the midst of a menopause meltdown.

Menopause has been nothing but an uphill climb.

Two of the most challenging symptoms for me have been clumsiness, and memory failure.

As I write this I can’t find a credit card I had in my hand an hour ago.

I’ve turned the entire house upside down trying to find it. I’ve turned my purse and wallet inside out.

I’ve taken everything out of my freezer and refrigerator—-yes, I said the freezer and the refrigerator.

You’d be surprised how many things end up there these days.

Adding insult to injury is that I can’t even re-trace my steps because I don’t remember what I was doing when the card was in my hand.

I know I made tacos for lunch. I can only hope the card didn’t make it into the pan.

Maybe I got a phone call. Maybe I got a text message. Maybe I had to go to the bathroom. Maybe my brain just took a break at an inconvenient time.

But whatever the reason, I can’t find it. And all I feel is defeat, frustration and upset.

This happens a lot since menopause charged into my life like a bull in a china shop.

Some days I can’t remember where I parked my car. And I’m always on the hunt for something: my keys, my underwear or my glasses–usually on my face.

The glasses, that is. Not the underwear. If those end up on my head then menopause has completely taken over.

A good day for me is when I leave the house with two matching shoes on and my lipstick on my face where it’s supposed to be.

Most women in menopause tend to be aggressive towards their husbands during this time. Some don’t even like them anymore.

(We’ll talk more about menopause divorce in another article).

Thankfully, I don’t feel that way about my husband.

But…I am re-thinking my strategy on that because when I’m in the menopause tunnel (that’s what I call it), I don’t have the patience for a 110 questions on why I thought spaghetti seemed like a good idea for dinner.

Also, I don’t have the patience for any tone I don’t recognize or a certain kind of teasing, both of which my husband did wrong at Costco over the weekend.

I truly thought I was going to end up on the news for giving him a menopause smackdown.

Thankfully, all ended well.

I still can’t find my credit card and while I can laugh a little now that I’ve written this, I’m still so bummed, because I have a purse in my shopping cart that I really need to purchase today.

Okay that’s a wrap for now. If you’re still here thank you for listening to me.

If you’re a menopause survivor I’d really love to hear from you.

What are your symptoms? How are you coping? How has menopause impacted you on an emotional level?

Speak your #menopausetruth here!

3 Changes That Mean You May be Entering Menopause

Welcome to Issue No. 3 | #MenopauseMinute

In last weeks Menopause Minute I confessed that insomnia, caused by menopause, has been a source of irritation for me:

I can’t begin to tell you how many nights I lay awake tossing and turning. I’ve tried counting sheep, counting backwards, deep breathing, relaxation and reading. Nothing worked!

 

While every woman (and body) is different, there are some common physical changes that women share when entering menopause phase of their life or as I call it ‘the second puberty,’

Here are 3 physical changes that could mean you are approaching menopause 

1. Irregular periods. Any changes in your periods from not having them at all, to having them too close together can be an indicator that peri-menopause is on the horizon.

If your period changes in any way, I highly recommend you see a doctor to ensure that it’s not related to any health issues.

2. Hot flashes. This is one I’ve heard many women say they start to have about a year before they even have any other symptoms. Hot flashes can come and go quickly or linger.

They can be severe and leave you sweating at night, or they can be mild. But what I know for sure, is that once is a fluke. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is worth considering the menopause connection!

3. Bladder changes. As with the period, any changes could be a signal your body is changing. But the symptoms most women have are the sudden urge to urinate, inability to hold urine and leaking when they laugh or sneeze.

Not so pretty.

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