A very grateful Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Awareness Month as posted by the Greeneville Sun in Greeneville TN on October 4, 2011
Breast Cancer Awareness Month as posted by the Greeneville Sun in Greeneville TN on October 4, 2011 | Source

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I am one of thousands of grateful

and blessed Breast Cancer Survivors.

How wonderful to join those ranks.

It is also a huge relief.


(Poem continued below)


Debbie Dunn Moore is a grateful Breast Cancer Survivor. This is a picture I mailed them.
Debbie Dunn Moore is a grateful Breast Cancer Survivor. This is a picture I mailed them. | Source

Grateful rather than Greatful

Oops! The type-setter got a little carried away. It should read "grateful" rather than the other spelling used. Of course, it is GREAT to feel grateful.




Debbie Dunn Moore in June of 2011 - Breast Cancer Survivor. Moore is my married name.
Debbie Dunn Moore in June of 2011 - Breast Cancer Survivor. Moore is my married name. | Source

The Poem continues


Recently, I have met two women

who are newly embarked

on their own breast cancer journeys.

One of them had a similar beginning

to the one that I experienced.

Both of us found a small dimple

or indentation

on one of our breasts.

Both of us assumed

that it was simply gravity kicking in.

After all, we each

were no longer

in our prime.

In both of our cases,

it was a sign of severe breast cancer.

I had my surgery over one year ago.

I had chemo as well

to the tune of eight full rounds.

I also had 35 days worth

of Radiation as a Preventative measure.

Both breasts are gone.

But the babies,

as my husband and I

call them now

will soon grow up to be women.

That's when the reconstruction surgery process

will become activated.

This other woman

only had to have one breast removed.

Since it was caught early,

she will be fine.

For all you women and men out there,

early detection is the biggest key

so you too can join the ranks

the swelling ranks

of the many Breast Cancer Survivors.

Just yesterday, I met my second woman

who detected her breast cancer

from the second of five signs

of severe breast cancer.

She had a bloody nipple discharge.

The mammogram did not show a lump.

The ultrasound did not show a lump.

Thankfully, the doctors were diligent

and kept searching for the key.

She will have to have one breast removed.

Perhaps she has caught it early enough

that she will not need to go the chemo route.

What are the other signs of severe breast cancer

besides a lump?

The third sign is a rash on your breast.

I heard of one woman who had a rash.

She went to a dermatologist

to get the skin treated.

The rash did not go away.

Just one of nature's signs

or God's signs

that further investigation is warrranted.

She too was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The fourth sign to watch for

is a puckering of the breast.

The fifth sign is your breast suddenly shrinks.

What is the moral of all of this?

Be aware of what your breast normally looks like

and normally feels like.

When something odd happens,

Do not write it off.

Instead, get you to the doctor ASAP.

The earlier you do so,

the less chance you will have

to lose a breast

or worst yet,

lose your life.

Most woman I know

who currently have breast cancer

or had breast cancer

did NOT have breast cancer

running through her family.

One in eight women get it.

One in 1000 men get it.

It is also no respecter of age.

Kids can get it.

Teens can get it.

Young women can get it.

Middle aged women can get it.

Old women can get it.

As Professor Moody would say,

in the Harry Potter series,

"It takes constant vigilance."

This is not to make you fearful.

This is to make you be aware.

Forewarned is forearmed.

May you,

your loved ones,

your friends,

and your acquintances

be forever safe

and forever blessed.

About the above picture

When my husband and I knew that I was going to go through chemo, we also were aware that I would soon be losing all my hair. I had my hair cut short. I gave 24 inches of hair to Locks for Love. Years before, I had given 24 inches of hair to Wigs for Kids. Then my hair totally fell out during the four rounds of my Red Devil chemo. You can see that picture toward the top of this hub.

Over a year later, I have a full head of hair thanks to the four tips of how to get your hair to grow in thicker and faster. Here is the link to that article. The tips really work. You can see what my hair looked like more than four months ago. It's even longer and thicker now.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Always nice to meet another Breast Cancer Survivor. I am a 20 year survivor. Nice to meet you Debbie Moore.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Wow, Susan! I love to hear about 20-year Breast Cancer Survivors. Congratulations to you! One day, I feel sure that will be me as well. Best wishes and many blessings to you,

Debbie


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub and I'm so happy that you survived.

My husband has had his first three month check and he's doing well. I'll tell him about the Naturelle shampoo and I'm going to get the Rosemary oil for both of us as my hair is naturally (fine) thin in plain langauage


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Writer20, I am so happy to hear that your husband is flourishing. By the way, there is another benefit to Rosemary. I went to a nutritionist who indicated that Rosemary also helps people with dementia and early stages of Alzheimer. It improves brain power. So, in addition to the Rosemary Oil, they recommend drinking Rosemary Tea; alhtough, my parents said it was rather tasteless. Of course, you could add lemon juice to it or some other flavors. Cooking with Rosemary is also supposed to be helpful. I think it is so interesting what I am learning about Rosemary. The Rosemary Oil, to me, smells really nice as well.

I hope it helps you both!

Best wishes to you and your husband,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A beautifully written poem on such an importants subject. and its great to hear that you are doing well Debbie.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

It is great to read about breast cancer survivors and I am glad you are one of them Debbie! You give hope to us all! Here in Sweden all women over 40 are offered to get regular mammography and every time I go for my mammography control I get a bit worried, thinking that this might be the day I get a message that would change my life!

And I am happy every time I get the letter that says that the screening was ok. Thanks also for listing the early signs.

Tina


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Rosemay and Tina,

Thank you so much for your kind comments. I pray that neither of you ever have to experience this personally. It is not a gift you would choose; however, it is a gift in a way. It truly has made me a better, more compassionate person.

God bless you both,

Debbie


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and it says everything about the brave lady who wrote it.

A lady who has a heart as big as houses and I am proud to call you my friend Debbie.

Take care and have a great day.

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

To Eiddwen,

I am proud to call you my friend as well. Thank you for the wonderful compliment. Have a fantastic day,

Debbie


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This important topic was well presented in such a positive way I'm sure it will help others. I was surprised to know my own sister didn't know the warning signs when she was stricken in 1999. She waited after the Doctor's warning to have a biopsy and ended up with stage IIIB before it was properly diagnosed. Lots of chemo, radiation and a double Mastectomy.

On a more uplifting note, she is still healthy and a vibrant member of her church remaining active in volunteer service after all these years. We count every day as a blessing.

And many blessings to you DJ. After all that you have been through you come across as upbeat and happy. I like that about you.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Peg,

Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am so happy to hear that your sister is doing so well and is going strong. God bless her and God bless you!

As for me, I am definitely enjoying and savoring my life. God is good!

Best wishes to you both,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Ask DJ Lyons,

Beautiful way to handle a terrible tragedy. So happy you are alive and with us. Sharing your story will help millions - oh, the golden locks - wow! They say God permits trouble to those who can handle it best - you are strong and a survivor and will help many from your traumas. God bless you and your family.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 4 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

To Gma Goldie, Thank you so much for your gracious comment. God bless you and your family as well.

Best wishes,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

You are very brave for sharing your story, I am glad it turned out well. People like you make a difference in what is known, please don't stop, you are a great example of a strong survivor. Amen!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 4 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thank you so much, Best Mouse Trap. I am very grateful to be a breast cancer survivor. I appreciate your kind comments.


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

I cant stop thinking about the tremendous courage you possess yo fight this dreadful diseases. You are a real hero and your hub is great. Voted up.


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