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Two years ago, I discovered a hard lump in my breast. It showed up on an MRI of my shoulder as a jelly bean sized white shape.

Both my shoulder doctor and I stared at the screen. Shock. Horror. Gulp.

Within a week, I was visiting another specialist consultant, having my first mammogram and being reviewed by specialists in a one-stop breast clinic. After what seemed like the longest afternoon I’ve ever had, I got the all clear. I don’t think I really heard the rest of the conversation.

I was lucky, but too many of my family and friends haven’t been. Who will be #thelastone?

Breast Cancer hits men and women. It doesn’t care who you are, the life you’ve led or what your future holds. Treatments and diagnosis have come a long way since my great grandmother’s breast cancer journey and awareness of how to check yourself is much improved.

Why am I sharing this, instead of the usual #lifechanger or #careerchanger b-mails? October is Breast Cancer Month in the UK – I want you to make sure you know what to look for, what to feel for and if, God forbid, you find anything unusual, to go and get it checked.

Please take time out today to learn or refresh your knowledge on how to check your breasts – this Give your breasts a little TLC video from Breast Care Now makes it simple. Then make it a habit to regularly check and recheck yourself.

While you’re there, Please donate now Even the smallest amount makes a real difference.

If you or someone close to you is affected by breast cancer, my heart goes out to you. I know your pain, frustration and angst. Let’s beat this cruel disease today.

My ask of you this week – share this b-mail and help spread this knowledge now. Post it on your Facebook page or tweet a link (Heck the little buttons below make it easy.)

  • Liz

    One of my good friends and a fellow burlesque performer has been fighting breast cancer this past year. It’s definitely one of those things you think happens to other people, not you, or your friends. So important to do regular checks!

    • Sarae

      Liz, wishing your friend every hope of winning her battle soon and I agree about the “never me, always someone else” mindset. Sadly with this one, it’s all of us at risk. Check, check, check!

  • Kellie

    I’m so glad you got medical attention right away and can celebrate your results. I’m glad you shared your story. I live in Canada and as far as I know it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month every where. It it so nice to see so much promotion about this issue. Thanks for posting in DCW and for spreading the news. Kellie from Princess and the Yard Ape

    • Sarae

      Kellie, the more this is talked about the better so great to hear Canada is also promoting the TLC checks!

  • Daniela

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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