Monday, May 11, 2009

Race for the Cure and other Boob Updates

First off, I want to thank you for all your support for the Race for the Cure event that happened in SLC this past weekend. Over 18,000 people showed up, it was amazing!(I'll update with more pictures once I get them from my dad, my camera battery died after 2 pictures. Dang it!!)

As you all know, my mom has battled breast cancer twice in the past 4 years. I have seen her go through radiation, a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and more radiation. Even though her cancer was invasive, she caught it early and has a good prognosis.

Last week, my doctor called and told me I needed to go to Salt Lake City to get further testing because she had a concern about my mammogram I had in January. When I got to the hospital, the nurse actually found another lump other than the reason I was there. I had a mammogram and an ultrasound and they immediatly did a core needle biopsy.

I had about 32 hours of panic, worry, and concern before the radiologist called to tell me that my tumor was benign. Thank God!

My plea to you is to do monthly self exams, know your family history, and if you are old enough to start doing mammograms; do them. Ask for a digital MRI as well, since that is what caught my mom's when her mammogram said she was fine.

Breast cancer strikes 1 in 8 women and I would hate to see anyone else go through this; however early detection saves lives.

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