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Screening the questions

All over the world there is support for breast cancer awareness
All over the world there is support for breast cancer awareness
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Throughout the month of October, there are plenty of reminders for screening for breast cancer. Logically, you know this is an important exam and to ease into it, you may even add a lunch or a massage appointment afterwards. As you make your appointment, you may have in the back of your mind a list of “What if?”
What if it’s not a routine exam and cancer is found? What if I need to tell my family the bad news? What if it’s fatal?
Times like these, you may want to consider another What if—what if these questions were asked by your daughter? How would you respond to her? Now the importance of this exam starts to outweigh the fears. When these thoughts pop into your mind, face head on your fears and ask yourself the hard questions if the results did prove unfavorable.
As it is been reported, early diagnosis is key--that is the biggest reason why you have been doing the self exams and annual mammograms. Therefore, if something was discovered, the chances are in your favor. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, this early diagnosis may not require full blown chemotherapy treatments. There have been some women how only had to go through radiation treatments that were not painful. They would lie on the radiation table for 2 minutes and these appointments were for 6 weeks.
Some factors come into play on determining how and when to tell your family. Depending on the severity of the cancer may aid in your decision on how to tell your loved ones. Maybe you are the type of person that tends to keep things to herself and you don’t want to worry your family if the treatment is not taxing. You may want to wrap your head around the changes and then when you are in a good frame of mind, share with your family. Your approach will help them cope—of course they will be concerned, but if you are calm and reassuring, your family will pick up on your vibe.
Of course, no one wants to think about if the prognosis is not good. However, it is important to know that with that life changing news there are many support groups and people that are willing to help. One documentary that showed this beautifully is Mondays at Racine.
Naturally, as a mother, when there is a problem, you are felt compelled to solve it; but sometimes in life, there are no clear cut answers. The one thing to keep in mind is whatever the outcome, you and eventually your family will be stronger people for having gone through it.

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