Are there days you just feel like leaving the house without a bra on? Ladies please don’t let me stand alone, be real honest, now I can see some of you nodding your head, the thought of the freedom is causing a smile to break out on your face. You’re not alone I feel that way too but we are far too kind to cause catastrophe on the road. Enough of the imaginations, we all need to take our bras off and it’s a matter of urgency but before I let you know why, I’ll share two stories with you.
Growing up I spent some days in Enugu with my Aunt Claris and her family, she had an intimidating presence embraced by a strong personality. You dare not try to be silly around her, she’ll put you in your place but her strength was put to the test when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Oh!!! How hard she fought, I was still a little child then but I remember a visit I made with my mum and she was wrapped with gauze bandage over the breast that had been removed, she looked weak but she still had the fighting spirit in her. And there’s Aunty Uzo who in my own opinion as a teenager should have been working with CNN, she spoke and dressed so well but then again I’m not surprised because I always saw her with a novel with her legs tucked underneath one another on the cushion, thinking about it now just makes me laugh. I remember she taught me never to have a chipped nail polish on my finger or toe nails; it wasn’t lady-like and she took good care of her nails with her bag of nail polish. She was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago, she fought so hard. I lost Aunt Claris and Uzo to breast cancer.
Have you lost someone to Breast Cancer; I can’t say I know how you feel, people grieve differently but I pray God will strengthen and comfort you. I’m conscious of it hence I noticed some funny itch on my breast two years ago; you don’t want to know how scared I was. I couldn’t tell anyone at home except my sister, I eventually summoned courage to get examined with a friend who was like a backbone to me. Thankfully I was certified free. Halleluiah!!! But it doesn’t end there.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organised by major Breast Cancer charities every October to increase awareness and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. It also offers information and support to those affected. Getting examined doesn’t cure it but early detection goes a long way. You may just be like me, scared and all but fear has never solved a problem.
There is the Breast Self-Exam which is advised to be done 3 – 5 days after your menstrual period. I’m not a medical practitioner; this is just a feeble attempt to educate you. You’ll have to consult a Doctor to give you a thorough lecture on this topic.
Begin by lying on your back. It is easier to examine all breast tissue if you are lying down.
• Place your right hand behind your head. With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small motions to examine the entire right breast.
• Next, sit or stand. Feel your armpit, because breast tissue goes into that area.
• Gently squeeze the nipple, checking for discharge. Repeat the process on the left breast.
• Use the tip of your finger and make sure you are covering all of the breast tissue.
Next, stand in front of a mirror with your arms by your side.
• Look at your breasts directly and in the mirror. Look for changes in skin texture, such as dimpling, puckering, indentations, or skin that looks like an orange peel.
• Also note the shape and outline of each breast.
• Check to see if the nipple turns inward.
Do the same with your arms raised above your head. The aim is to check for any lump or irregularity. Please not all lumps should cause a panic. Beyond the self-exam please get a proper medical examination. While typing this post I’m equally speaking to myself too.
Yesterday was celebrated as #NOBRADAY and my beloved friend Gbenga asked if I was going take my bra off, well here’s the answer Yes; I have to take it off to join the fight against Breast Cancer. I’m looking forward to so many more ladies who’ll take their bras off to get examined.
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