When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

WOYWW 390 - some news.....

Hello everyone - I'm linking up with Julia for WOYWW
I've not joined in much recently as there's been lots going on here.

I was going to wait until afterwards to tell this but as it won't get sorted for a few more weeks I thought I'd share now. Apologies for lack of desk though I will share this pic of Baxter - 
 Yep all cosy here!

Anyway I've not been around as I've had a few health issues going on. I know those of you who follow me on social media will know some of this. I was diagnosed with another condition called POTS. I've basically got dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. However this isn't the main reason for this post.

The main reason is because I've found some abnormalities with my breasts & underarm area. I've been into the breast clinic & while the doctor doesn't think it's too serious he still is concerned enough to have me go back in for a mammogram & ultrasound scan.

I'm waiting to hear when my appointment will be. I wanted to share this as I was told from a young age to check myself so that I know what's normal for me. You see, I've not found a lump, not a small hard lump that some find. Mine is a swelling in the armpit area and some thickening that's abnormal for me.

We've got a high number of breast cancer occurances in my family. My grandmother and 4 out of 5 aunts have/are receiving treatment. So I'm also being seen by the family history coordinator & the genetic team.

Of course, it's a worry even with the reassurances from everyone. But I'm happy that my doctor knows what he's doing and what he found to accept it's routine & there's a high possibility that everything will be fine and ok.

So please, no matter how old you are. Check yourself. Often. Every week. In the shower. When you are laid down. So you know what's normal for you.

Take care Zo xx


Annie said...

Oh bless you my friend. You really do have more than your share of problems don't you? I really hope there's nothing serious found. Sending you lots of positive vibes.
Annie x #14

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Zoe, I shall be keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out to be nothing important, but you are so right about needing to know what is normal for your body! And its good that you have gone straight to your Doc, many would adopt a 'wait a while' approach, out of fear. Sending you lots of love and cyber hugs, I will be thinking about you. Love & hugs, Shaz xxx#9

Christine said...

Good advice my friend, thankful that you took notice of it .... the road ahead may be long but you know the journey will be worth it.
Take care
Christine #26

Helen said...

hope your appointment comes through soon, and you don't have to worry too much longer,it is useless people saying don't, especially with occurrences in the family. We will all miss you on Saturday, but take care and keep strong. love'n'hugs. xx Helen #1

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I agree with Shaz, you absolutely did the right thing going to the doc straightaway, especially with your family history. Sending you huge hugs.
LLJ 12 xxx
PS We'll eat a piece of cake for you on Saturday, it'll be very strange you not being there.....

Sharon said...

You've really got a lot going on! Good thing you went early. The earlier the better whatever it is. I hope the appointment comes quickly.

Sharon K #37

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Pleased you went to the doctors quickly very sensible. I will be thinking about you and hope things get better. Take care, Angela x 18

Kim said...

Definitely good advise;there is more public awareness here, but still. And also definitely you went immediately; you know you, and sometimes its not to long before it's too late! Fingers crossed your results come back negative!

Lindart said...

I just had my mammogram this week, and I often check my breasts when I'm watching TV (by myself! LOL) It is very important to know what is normal for you, and I hope that what you have detected is something that is easily dealt with. Your puppy looks very cute and snuggly in his little bed! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #41

Anne said...

hello, I've not joined in this week but was looking at some of my favourites and noticed you had posted. I hope that all will be well for you. Anne x

AliWade said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. Sorry to hear about your added diagnosis and now this additional worry re. breast area. Thank you for reminding me to check myself - I don't do it often enough. My mum had breast cancer (but doctor said it was not the type that runs in the family), which was caught early and she is fine now. Ali x #32