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

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2 thoughts on “Just Don’t Make Me Wear Pink!

  1. excellent reading… I totally agree. The awareness is necessary, but I also feel like it’s being oversold… We’ve been overseas for the past 15 months, and now, while visiting family back in the US, watching football games and such, I feel a bit overwhelmed… Wear pink if you like it. Not because you have to, or feel like it’s “socially required”… I am a mom, over 40, very aware of risks and consequences, and who actually had a mammogram done way before 40…. just saying… pink is pretty…. the awareness, totally important… the oversell, not so much… 😮

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  2. Such good advice. I had to see my mother through this when she was over 80. It wasn’t easy, and we didn’t get the support that was available. It’s a scary time,

    Thanks for sharing.

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