After weeks of crying, worrying, planning - yes, I was figuring out who I wanted to have what and writing letters to my children and grandchildren all the things one does when your expecting to die. Listen to me, all the things one does, like it happens frequently - Wow!
Some of you know my mammogram and initial study came back positive for IBC, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a very aggressive form of cancer. It shows up as very swollen, thick skin, dimpled, red and warm. I had every symptom, therefor, I assumed the worst. I didn't hear anything that was said about think positive. IBC has 3 stages: 3A, 3B and 4. I was ready to fight but eventually die and I "knew" it.
A test was performed by the surgeon and I did not have IBC, I had no cancer at all! I put myself through living hell for something I didn't even have! There were lessons to be learned and to pass on. I need to be vigilant about my body and health, also I need to live life to the fullest right now!
Woman read this part carefully, men read this for your women - mothers, daughters, significant others:
Breast self exams need to be performed often. Any, even the slightest, change in your breast needs to be seen by a physician! This form of breast cancer is found often by changes on the outside. Check for lumps, bumps and changes. Make sure you get your mammograms as needed - usually every year. This cancer disease has taken enough of our precious women, men and children already