I am proud to be teaming up with TaSTy WordGasms and Team #FightLikeAGirl for the #BooksForBoobs event. ***ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM MY BOOK SALES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WILL BE DONATED TO MAKING STRIDES FOR BREAST CANCER***
Please show your support in the form of a donation. All donations will be entered to win one of the many generous gifts offered by the talented authors participating. #BooksForBoobs #SaveTheTaTas
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I Am ShelbyJames
I Am The Muse Poet
Why I care…
Three years ago I went for my bi-annual mammogram and expected everything to be fine, like most women do. A week before my vacation, I received a call from the doctor’s office telling me that I needed further testing. I went on vacation, with some amazing friends and my husband, they all did a great job of keeping my mind off of things. I returned home from vacation on my birthday and the very next day I went in for a needle biopsy of my left breast. The results showed there were suspicious cells and my doctor ordered a surgical biopsy.
On September 11, 2014 I underwent a surgical biopsy. The surgeon removed a 4 cm piece of tissue from my left breast and I was told to wait a few days for the results. Everyone assured me it was nothing. They were wrong, it was not nothing. I was diagnosed with Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS) and Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (ALH), both are precancerous conditions. Luckily for me, my doctor is vigilant, as is her staff. Although I had a mammogram 6 months earlier, they made sure I returned for a follow up. Because of the early detection, my doctor was able to remove the cells and essentially keep them from turning into full blown cancer.
Now, three years later, I go every 6 months for mammograms, ultrasounds and MRI’s. My risk level for a breast cancer diagnosis is 27% higher than the average woman and quite frankly, that scares the shit out of me. I do not have breast cancer in my family so it was never a fear of mine, that all changed. The breast doctor sent me to an oncologist to learn about preemptive chemotherapy and shit got real! My choices were 1) do nothing and get cancer. 2) Get on a chemo protocol and hope that I don’t end up getting ovarian cancer while fighting the breast cancer. 3) Or be vigilant. Go for testing every 6 months and do monthly self examinations. I chose option 3. Any changes in my breasts are an immediate alert to call the doc.
So you see, I am not raising money for the faceless many that will struggle with the disease. I am raising money to continue the research that will hopefully help me to remain breast cancer free. Please, read my story, and take action to protect yourself. Do month exams. Get your annual or biannual mammograms and follow the advice given by your doctors. Too many women and men die from breast cancer because it goes undiagnosed.
If you are able, please reach into your pockets and give a donation. No amount is too great or too small. Every dollar helps us get a little bit closer to ending the deaths of thousands every year.
I wear my cape with PRIDE in the crusade to end breast cancer!
HOW YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
More than $62 Million are currently invested in breast cancer research grants.
In 2016, we provided more than 335,000 rides to and from treatment.
Last year patient navigators helped guide nearly 45,000 patients through the health care system.
More than 11,000 one-on-one support services were provided to breast cancer patients in 2016.
More than 36,000 women learned how to manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment.