Just Don’t Make Me Wear Pink!

Pink Ribbon

I don’t know how it is in other parts of the world but in the US you would have to have your head buried in the sand to avoid all of the press that is generated this month raising awareness for breast cancer.

I have a few thoughts on the subject that I would like to share at this time and will probably write additional posts this month on the same topic. Some of what I share will be wisdom I have learned in my role as a breast cancer nurse navigator in a large metropolitan cancer center.

  1. There is no reason. Most times we do not know the cause of the cancer.
  2. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The treatment that your best friend’s aunt had is probably different than what you will need.
  3. Filter everything! The internet is full of BAD information~ ask your health care providers for a list of reliable resources and then only check when you are feeling ready. I have left to links at the end of the post.
  4. If you aren’t comfortable with your doctor seek a second opinion. Believe me they won’t get angry and if they do you don’t want them caring for you anyway.
  5. Take someone you know well to all your initial appointments. You will be given an overwhelming amount of information so a second set of ears will help you recall afterward.
  6. Remember the choice you make is yours alone. Health care professionals can help guide you but YOU need to be comfortable with the decision you make.
  7. You are the most important person right now. Take care of yourself. Be sure to take time to do things you like to do because you will be spending plenty of time doing things you don’t like doing.
  8. Forgive readily. People mean well but truly don’t know what to say to you. In their well meaning words they can say really dumb things.
  9. Bring shirts that either button or zip up the front to wear home from the hospital.
  10. Ask your surgeon for a referral to physical therapy after you surgery. Not only will it help you get mobile faster the therapist will spend 1:1 time with you. Often there are therapist that specialize in women who have had breast surgery.

My next list will focus on what you can do for your friend or family member that has breast cancer. Thanks for reading.

http://www.breastcancer.org/

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast

Weekly Photo Challenge-Comfort

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This weeks photo challenge caused me to pause to ponder what my picture of comfort looked like. This seating area is part of a room that I call my sanctuary. The room was created shortly after my husband of six years and I married. At the time we both owned homes. It was most practical for me to sell mine and move into his. I quickly discovered that I needed a place to call my own. At the time this room housed boxes and items awaiting a dump run so I took the time to clean it out. During a trip to a local store for other purposes I discovered the seating, it would be perfect! I brought it home. The room was decorated with the few pieces that I kept from my home and items that I truly loved. I have spent many quiet hours in the space; reading, praying and listening to beautiful music. For me this space is a picture of comfort.

Thanks for an authentic challenge.