Dear Doctor, I need to have a mastectomy! What does it involve?

Dear Doctor, I need to have a mastectomy! What does it involve?

When I was told I had breast cancer I just assumed I was going to have a mastectomy. In my mind it wasn’t an option not to have one. I just wanted to get rid of this cancer! If that meant having a mastectomy fine! It didn’t bother me, I just looked at it as an unfortunate thing that had happened in my life and I just had to deal with it....

Dear Doctor, How do I tell my family I have cancer?

Dear Doctor, How do I tell my family I have cancer?

One of the hardest things to do is to tell your loved ones you have cancer. Not only do you have the shock of receiving the news yourself and processing it. But then you start worrying about how it will affect your family and friends. A lot of people have told me they worry for others than themselves and feel guilty for burdening them with it. Here is how my friend found that first 24 hours of being a 'cancer patient'. "The biopsy results are back ... and it has shown ... it is cancer. What?!! I actually have cancer! Me?!! Why? What have I ever done wrong in life to deserve cancer. I’m not a bad person, why is this happening to me? I couldn’t help those feelings, I took a moment to put my head down and cried. I have cancer! I looked up but all I heard was mastectomy and chemotherapy. The moment you are told it feels like a bomb has gone off and you're in the middle of a massive explosion, people are talking but you can’t hear them, everything is in slow motion. I think that’s when the shock really kicked in a little..."

Dear Doctor, I have breast cancer!

Dear Doctor, I have breast cancer!

We were taken into a room and left to sit there for five minutes. Little did we realise, we were that 40 minute delay. I didn't like being on this side of the door, I felt like I should be with the doctors and all the notes, in control. There was a knock at the door. In walked the consultant and a Macmillan nurse. They introduced themselves and sat down....

Dear Doctor, what happens at the breast lump clinic?

Dear Doctor, what happens at the breast lump clinic?

The thought was playing on my mind. I'll find out today I guess but I kept telling myself it will be fine. Forty minutes had passed, we still hadn't been called. I'm just going to get something to eat, my friend said, do you want anything? I was hungry but I couldn't eat. She seemed to be gone for a while and I knew they would call me whilst she was gone. I wanted her to come in with me but it wasn't meant to be. I was called in....

Dear Doctor, How do I examine my breasts?

Dear Doctor, How do I examine my breasts?

It's not as difficult as you might think. To examine your breasts you are going to want to look and feel....I repeat....look and feel! Next time you're in the shower, stand in front of the bathroom mirror and just look. It's kind of awkward but you need to know your own body. It's also a bit more than stand and admire yourself, but hey why not for a minute! I want you to do some movements and watch both breats carefully. Throughout those movements you are looking for a few things...