Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  With that said I would first like to say, how important it is to take care of your body by checking for lumps on a regular basis.  There are several things you should look for when doing a self exam.  Some of the changes to watch out for are, dimpling, puckering or bulging, as well as, swelling, soreness, rash, or redness.

Breast exams should be done regularly!  It is so important to do this often, so you will get to know your body, and then you will be able to determine if you encounter something suspicious.  You want to catch things early.

Don’t be afraid, or embarrassed, to talk to your doctor about anything you feel is suspicious.  It is a very important routine that should be included in your daily life.

Every day is a gift to be cherished.

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Sadly, it seems that cancer touches all of us in one way or another.  There have been many people in my life diagnosed with the disease which includes: breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers.   Since it is breast cancer awareness month, I would like to leave you with this suggestion and recommend the following thoughts for you to keep in mind when a friend, or family member, tells you for the first time that they have breast cancer.

When someone has been newly diagnosed with breast cancer, it is hard enough for them to deal with this news.  They are devastated and overwhelmed.  Then there is a whole other side and that is having to talk about their cancer when telling their family and friends.  As a family member or friend who is hearing this news for the first time, let your loved one tell the story at their own pace!  Avoid asking “those” questions, such as, “Are you having a mastectomy, double mastectomy, lumpectomy, or reconstructive surgery?”  If they want you to know, they will get around to sharing that information with you.  Breast cancer patients hear these questions repeatedly each time they share their cancer news with another person.  It can be a very difficult thing for them to talk about.  The new cancer patient may want you to know that they have cancer, but they may not want everyone to know they are having a mastectomy, double mastectomy, or reconstructive surgery.  After all, it is a private, and touchy, matter whether or not they still have their “girls”!  So, please, think about the sensitive nature of this kind of cancer before asking “those” questions when they share this news with you.  Let them know you are there for them and willing to help. Be patient with them and respect the way they tell you … and be supportive of what they are willing to share with you.

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If you wish to send a greeting card to support someone special in your life who is going through cancer treatment, then you may wish to checkout the huge selection of Paper Greeting Cards for Cancer Patients at this link http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/Occasions-Get+Well+Feel+Better-For+Cancer+Patients.   These 5 x 7 paper greeting cards from Greeting Card Universe (GCU), are offered for your quick convenience and ease of ordering online.   The inner verse of these unique greeting cards from GCU, can be customized during your checkout process.  This will give your card a more personal touch.  These cards are meant to brighten the lives of those undergoing cancer treatments; give support to those finishing their chemotherapy or radiation treatments; and give thanks to caregivers as well.

Many blessings to you and your loved one as you go through this difficult time.

Here are just a few examples of card choices to pick from:

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About ShersCreations

I love to be creative with my illustrations and photography. I am happy to be offering my work to stock agencies and online greeting card companies. It makes me feel good when one of my cards has made someone smile, or lifted their spirits. I offer a line of Caring Cancer Cards which I hope will brighten the lives of cancer patients or their loved ones caring for them. I also love butterflies as they remind me of how delicate and short life can be, yet they bring such beauty to our world.
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5 Responses to Breast Cancer Awareness

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  2. Salon of Art says:

    Beautifully written! Thank you for sharing with us Sher.
    Doreen
    http://www.facebook.com/SalonOfArt
    http://salonofart.wordpress.com/

  3. Very nice post, Sher 🙂 It’s very helpful to know, especially from someone who has had the experience, what to say or not say to someone dealing with a new diagnosis. Enjoyed the selection of cards!

  4. Sher, lovely post. Beautiful cards, I love the pink ribbon cards.
    Janet Lee

  5. Robin says:

    Sher, such practical advice to perform regular self-exams in order to know your own body, as well as how to talk to someone with breast cancer. Terrific post … thanks for sharing!

    Robin
    http://ryckycreations.com

    P.S. I appreciate you including my Hope card!

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