Good day to you. I hope you and your loved ones are well.
This message is for the ladies and those who love them to remind them.
I want to encourage you to be breast-aware. It is important you know your normal for your own breasts. The way to know your normal is to exam and feel them monthly to know what it feels like during periods and after periods if you are not yet in menopause.
For those in menopause knowing what your normal is will enable you to know what is abnormal.
My experience is I know my normal and so now in menopause , I am acutely aware of my normal which helps me identify any abnormalities.
Recently about two weeks ago I had felt some lumps and uneven soreness with occasional sharp pains in my breasts. I went to my doctor who examined me and decided in conjunction with my concerns and history requested me to be seen by the breast specialist.
My appointment was yesterday. I was seen immediately on my arrival and treated with great courtesy and my dignity was maintained throughout. The breast specialist attended to me , took my history and then examined my breasts. The doctor was male but I was past caring being a retired health professional myself . He was skilled in his field and professional in his mannerisms and that was what I needed. He sent me off to have a mammogram and I returned to hear the result in a few minutes later as I waited in the waiting room.
The mammogram is something else altogether ( the highly equipped machine did its job but required a skilled radiographer to help position me and my mammary glands or beautifully endowed treasures into the machine at the right angles for their X-ray to be done well. It was uncomfortable but not painful with this new equipment used to clamp them in place ( three years ago when I had a previous scare, the machine used was more uncomfortable).
My results were given to me and explained by the doctor . What I was feeling were fibrous tissues due to me experiencing menopause and this is one of the changes due to menopause that can happen.
I was greatly relieved and I was discharged. The doctor made a point of thanking me for being breast aware and encouraged me to report any changes to my GP as I become aware of them.
I was very pleased with my outcome and myself . I left the hospital praising God , got home had my breakfast and then faced my remaining day activities with a peaceful mind .
I will share here the way to exam your breasts regularly and what to look for .
I hope this is helpful to you as it is for me.
By Temi Alaka