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Old 10-10-2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default A public service announcement for the ladies of OT

Well, not really just for ladies. I figure most of you guys know at least one girl.

I want to bring something to your attention... for two reasons.
One. October is National breast cancer awareness month. When was the last time you, or your loved one had a breast exam? If it has been over 1 year, it is time to schedule that TODAY. DOIT... DOIT.

Two. The Tyson family got a backhand from life this week. Yesterday I learned that both my Mom, and my Sister have invasive breast cancer.
My Mom's cancer is somewhat advanced, as she has neglected to get her exams for the last 5 years. She now has cancer in both breasts, tumors the size of golf balls, and is headed straight to chemo starting wednesday of next week. She says the doctors are telling her that she should be fine. But I have to wonder if she is just being a Mom and trying to protect me from some worse prognosis.
She has been aware of lumps in her breasts for the last 4 years.

My Sister, on the other hand, is very adamant about her breast exams, and VERY vocal about breast cancer awareness. She takes part in the 3 day walk in Atlanta every year, and raises a lot of money for the cause.
Her cancer was found early, and her doctor is going to discuss treatment plans with her next week.

So, ladies, get out there and squeeze a BOOB! Or heck, teach your Husband, Boyfriend, or Girlfriend what to feel for, and let THEM squeeze yer Boobies! But for God's sake... get checked.. squeeze them good, and squeeze them often. (this is not a joke... just me trying to put some levity on this situation.)

http://cms.komen.org/komen/index.htm

Mods, if it is not too much trouble, could the OT have a sticky up for October with the above link?

Thank you.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Good to hear that both were detected and are going to get treated.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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Best of luck to both of them!
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:25 AM   #4
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My wife and daughter do a walk/fund raiser for BC every year. Trying to make my little ones aware at a young age.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:27 AM   #5
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I have warm hands and would be glad to help out any of the ladies in OT with that
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:27 AM   #6
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:28 AM   #7
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Men get breast cancer too, you sexist pig!
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:30 AM   #8
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I am officially volunteering my services as "breast tester."

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Old 10-10-2008, 10:30 AM   #9
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My thoughts are with you and yours.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. It saved me through my husband's cancer!



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Lori, a cancer survivor herself, speaks and writes about the importance of communicating compassionately with those rendered especially vulnerable by any disease, trauma, or other difficult condition. A producer of more than twenty documentaries that have garnered dozens of awards, and a former medical reporter and newspaper editor, Lori uses her skill and passion as a communicator to inspire others to find the pleasure and value in supporting those who are suffering.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:33 AM   #10
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Two. The Tyson family got a backhand from life this week. Yesterday I learned that both my Mom, and my Sister have invasive breast cancer.
My Mom's cancer is somewhat advanced, as she has neglected to get her exams for the last 5 years. She now has cancer in both breasts, tumors the size of golf balls, and is headed straight to chemo starting wednesday of next week. She says the doctors are telling her that she should be fine. But I have to wonder if she is just being a Mom and trying to protect me from some worse prognosis.
She has been aware of lumps in her breasts for the last 4 years.
Wow, sorry to hear that But why on earth did your mom not get the lumps checked when she first noticed them?
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:36 AM   #11
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Ironic. I was just examining his mom's breasts the other night.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:39 AM   #12
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Wow, sorry to hear that But why on earth did your mom not get the lumps checked when she first noticed them?
Her explanation is that they did not have medical insurance at the time, mixed with unreasonable fear. Doesn't make sense, but that is how she felt. However, what she did or did not do doesn't matter any longer... Only what she does from this point on.
I had to deal with that anger over the last day. It isn't easy to keep myself from just screaming at her about that ... but I realize that will not help her. She has a VERY tough road ahead of her, and the past is the past.
She said that she understands that we are all probably angry about her decision, and she is angry at herself for it as well.

But, she is on the right track now. I just hope this was caught in time. She will have to undergo 6 months of chemo to shrink the tumors, then a partial double radical mastectomy, possibly followed up with radiation treatments.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:44 AM   #13
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:57 AM   #14
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I just ordered a case of pink balls:

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/...l?PCODE=WHBALL
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:58 AM   #15
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Two aren't enough for you? Or are you compensating for something?
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:00 AM   #16
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:04 AM   #17
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You will see a lot of items in the grocery store packaged in or with 'pink' on them...I always try to buy as much of this stuff as I can...
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:24 AM   #18
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Scoobies for boobies!

The Making Strides walk in Boston was great - nice to be able to support it.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #19
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+1 on the sticky. My mom was diagnosed 7 years ago and, thank god, has been totally fine since. She does the Komen walk every year with her friends and gets involved anywhere she can to promote awareness. Early detection is the key right now to saving lives and every woman needs to have access to get the proper tests done. Hopefully with things like Komen, race for the cure etc... things will get better.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:35 AM   #20
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+eleventybillion on this for a sticky...this hits home for me...my mom got diagnosed 3 years ago and has been fighting like hell and things arent looking the best right now i pray that things will turn around for her and overcome it...guys please spread the word...
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:36 AM   #21
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im sorry to hear. best of luck to the both of them and your family.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:46 AM   #25
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I vow, ALL the boobies I squeeze this weekend with be with purpose and reason!!


Best of luck to your mom and sister.
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