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…”

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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….

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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….

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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…

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Dear Doctor, I found a lump… what next?

The dreaded breast lump…
Before panic really does set in, you will be pleased to hear there are lots of causes of breast lumps and not all of them are cancer.
Let’s talk about examining breasts, what lumps could really be and what signs could mean cancer…

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Dear Doctor, I found a breast lump!

I looked down, that’s a bit strange I thought. I wonder why my nipple is doing that? It looked like it was pulling in slightly. It worried me, I’ve always been quite happy with my boobs. This didn’t look right… I wonder if there’s a lump? I had never really checked for breast lumps before, so quickly googled how to examine myself. At first I didn’t feel anything, then I pressed down a bit harder with my fingers. I was scared in case something was there. There it was a pea sized, hard lump under my left nipple. I rolled it around with my fingers. It was definitely quite hard, it didn’t seem to move much but it wasn’t painful. I was still worried… click to continue reading…

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Dear Doctor, The Breast Cancer Diary

I started this blog wanting to bring health problems to people on a personal level. The aim was to give advice to people who may not have a medical expert they can talk openly to. I could never have guessed that within a few months of starting, I would have something so personal to share with you all….

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