It is the month of October, and it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I feel my boobies all the time. I love them, and I feel them not because I want them to be healthy, but because I generally just like them. A good friend of mine calls them my fat bags, but I love them and look at them more like fun bags or milk bags (for 9 months at least)!
Well anyway, it is just coincidental that the month that I realize that I have a lump in my breast just happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness month. Odd it seems. That out of 12 months in the year, I would find a lump in my boob, the same month that is Cancer Awareness. IT is really just MY luck! Most things like this happen to me this way.
So about 4 weeks ago I had a normal woman's health check up. Everything was normal, felt normal and test came out normal. Well later that week I started getting pain in my breasts, and particularly in my Right Girl. Well I figured it was due to menstruation, and the pain was due to me starting very soon. After I started my period though my Right breast was still pretty tender and the large lump was still there. I figured well maybe my hormones just haven't adjusted yet, so I watched it for a few more days. Well I'm not having the 'bleeds' anymore, and I still have a lump in my Right Breast. At least half an inch long if not longer and about 3 centimeters wide. It is not too painful, but it is tender to the touch and physical manipulation of the boob. Well it just aches afterwards (you know poking and prodding). At this point, I don't really think too much of it, but my husband is worried and wants me to get checked, so I set up an appointment and met with my Nurse Practitioner yesterday afternoon.
She says that because of my age (24) that it is probably a Breast Fibroadenoma. It is more or less a fibrous benign tumor. So I get to see a Breast Specialist to get my mammary examined in a couple of months, and then if it is this Fibroadenoma, then I will watch it to make sure that it doesn't grow any larger, and when or if it does, discuss having it removed in a few years.
Lovely. So I am not upset nor worried about this whole thing, but I wanted to let others know about this, and I want women to FEEL their boobies! I love mine, and it kind of makes me sad to think that I have a mass in there that I might need removed one day and how that is going to make my breasts look. Superficial I know, but I am pretty happy with my body overall and don't want it to change, but at the same time I want to take precautions for the future of my Girls, and I don't want to 'look' any lumpier that I already do :)
Anyways just heed my warning gals. I am 24, in great health and great shape; I am a full time student and work full time. I have tons of homework and don't have time to even think about myself because I'm constantly thinking about other people, and I don't give myself a ton of attention, but I know my breasts, and I had a lumpy scare! So please FEEL your girls, all the time. I know I do mine! Give them the love and attention they need, and they will give you love and attention back :) and they will be healthier for it in the long run.
If you feel something different, don't be afraid to talk to your practitioner about it, especially if:
* You have a lump and it changes
* You feel a new breast lump
* You have changes in the breast that are not affected by the menstrual cycle