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Being Tam:Gluten Free and Healthy Breasts

Friday, October 05, 2012

2 topics in one blog? Why not? It's my blog anyways:)

Well, I have made it to week 3. So far it has been 99% successful. I decided to "splurge" and the 1% failure was the result of eating fries. Yes, a gluten free food usually but it wasn't and I was half way through them before I realized they were so crunchy bc they were battered fries... which I assume has gluten in it lol. So one fail in 3 weeks and by accident. Not too bad.

Feeling pretty confident these days. More than 12 lbs down now! And my overall health improving significantly. My BP had been pre hypertensive for the past 6 months as I was (WAS:) steadily gaining weight. 130's/80's and I used to be 110's/60's. Over the past week and a half it is now back down regularly. At the doc yesterday it was 100/62! I am getting my cholesterol checked today, and yesterday I had my yearly exams done.

I was worried about breast cancer,(who wouldn't be after all the cancer surgeries I had this year) but as it turned out, and as my doctor so eloquently stated "You have very healthy breasts..." Bwahahahahahahahaha.

What a way to put it. Wait. What? I am not embarrassed to say "that word" on a blog? No I am not. If my doc could state it without a hint of the slightest hesitation, I can too. In fact all of you women should be having breast exams regularly and shouting it to everyone you know so they too will have an exam done. I am only 32, but I don't want to die at 35 or 38 or 40 either. So I get screened. In fact if your doctor tells you you only need to come in every 2 years, like one of mine did, then I would suggest making a yearly appt anyways. 2 years is a long time... you could be dead by then if you were to develop a mass.

Recently I went to a breast awareness breakfast at the hospital I work at. What a touching, incredible event. I was honored to be there. These beautiful, strong women who have endured so much, and the families by their side loving and supporting them. And sadly some of the families left behind after breast cancer stole their loved ones from their lives.

News Anchor Mary Nickels was a spokes woman for this event. Her story is transforming the mind set of women everywhere. As a woman HEALTHY BREASTS should be on the forefront of every adult lady out there. I want to join in spreading the awareness. I want young women and older women to seek screening, to learn to do manual breast exams regularly and to spread the word. The nurse in me wants you, my reader to make an impact and spark the lives of those in your life to stand up tall, and be able to say with confidence "I have healthy breasts!"

Cheesy? yes. But some of the problems going on of so many women NOT having exams done are;
A. I'm embarrassed to have some doctor looking at my breasts
B. The stigma that we shouldn't talk about breasts... I mean how dare we say that word!
C. The fear of knowing.

One of the most touching moments was a simple one. A girl of 25 came forward, she had been diagnosed before she was 25. Now a cancer conqueror, she came to the stage about 6 months pregnant. Her life is just beginning and she has already beat breast cancer.

Via the American Cancer Society In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer
will be diagnosed among women,
• In 2011, approximately 39,520 women are expected to die from
breast cancer

So tell your wives, your mothers, sisters, daughters, friends... tell them its time to battle the stigmas that keep so many from early detection.

As I am taking steps to take my health in my hands and create a better future for myself, gluten free, cancer free, I hope to encourage others along the way. Isn't that what nurses are supposed to do? :) After battling my own invasive cancers this year, yesterday I was relieved to know I "have very healthy breasts:)"

To see Mary's story click the link below.

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