Breast Cancer Awareness month has come and gone this year, how did it affect you? Did you go and get a mammogram? Are you breathing easier with a clean diagnosis or are you in the process of further testing?
The statistics are scary and when you’re in an unknown diagnosis scenario, life feels like it comes to a crashing halt.
According to Cancer.org out of every 1,000-mammogram screenings, approximately 2-4 results in a cancer diagnosis.
If you have heard the words, "we’ve found a lump" try not to self diagnose.
The organization states, “Being called back for more testing does not mean that you have cancer. In fact, less than 10% of women who are called back for more tests are found to have breast cancer. Being called back occurs fairly often, and it usually just means an additional image or an ultrasound needs to be done to look at an area more clearly. This is more common for first mammograms (or when there is no previous mammogram to look at) and in mammograms done in women before menopause. It may be slightly less common for digital mammograms.”
But, while you are waiting and trying to navigate these unchartered waters, it is extremely stressful. The toxic threat of cancer looming in your world is indescribable.
While you have a hard time catching your breath, or even gathering a positive thought, a conflicting debate erupts within; your mind, your emotions and your intuition argue about what the future holds.
It is nearly impossible to turn off this static. As difficult and painful as it feels, it is in your best interest to stay in the present moment. Emotional surges and worries about your future only drain the psyche further. It takes courage to walk this path. Don’t do this alone. Lean on family and friends. Gather some warmth from all of the women who surround you and from those who’ve walked this path before you. Remember to breathe. One breath at a time, you will get through this. And, please be kind to yourself.
Focus on facts like these:
Cancer.org shares, “Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.”