Monday, January 24, 2005

Something All Women (and Men Who Love Them) Must Know

My sister has breast cancer. She was diagnosed in the fall. Sorry if you know me IRL and this is how you're finding out, but it's not like it inspires me to make calls and inform people. Good news is she will eventually be fine. But she has been through hell and wants you to make sure you don't go through this too. See her MUST KNOW advice in the comments -- it could save your life.


At 3:41 PM, Blogger Esther said...

From Big Sister:

"I have learned so much in my journey with breast cancer.  If I can help one woman avoid what I've been through, I would be thrilled.  It's so important to do breast self-exams every month. This includes girls in their late teens, 20s and older. And if you notice a change - pursue it. Some doctors may advise that you wait and see. Be sure to get it checked out. Always stay on top of your mammograms and keep copies of your films and read your reports. If anything "suspicious" is noted, pursue it. For women with dense breasts (and ask your doctor if you aren't sure if you have them or not), MAMMOGRAMS DO NOT ALWAYS SHOW EVERYTHING. You should ask for a sonogram too. If you are at high risk, an MRI should also be done. Early detection truly is the key to surviving this all too common disease."

My sister's advice has already helped one person -- our oldest sister. Her mammo and sono were both normal. But she pressed her doctors to let her get an MRI, and sure enough it detected a tumor (about 10 times smaller than Big Sister, but still it was there). She has had it removed and it was benign, thank G-d, but what if it hadn't been? I'll tell you what. She would have had to have radiation. Compared to what Big Sister is going through, that's a walk in the park. This is why early detection makes ALL the difference.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

Esther, mazl tov on the successful outcome. Please inform Big Sister, that I have copied, pasted and emailed her advice to many this evening. I thank her in advance on their behalf for her thougtful selfless act.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Marty, you are awesome! Thank you!

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitzvas to share in.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger American On Line said...

Anonymous? That was I: once again:
Mitzvas to share in.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Marty, somehow I sensed it was you. :) Thanks!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

You are having some of the same problems I am with the comments. How annoying. Hopefully it will be working right shortly.

It sounds like things are going her way. I wish her the best. These situations are never fun, but if the outcome is positive then you really have to concentrate on that.


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