I know I don't usually post over here, but have lurked some over the past week or so, and just feel compelled to share.
I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the last 4 years ... until today.
See my siggy for details on that timeline...I nursed during at least part of my last two pregnancies.
My baby turned 9 months old last week...on that day I found out I had at least a Stage 2 breast cancer.
Two days later I weaned him cold turkey from nursing at the breast. Today I pumped my last bottle. Ever.
I will begin chemotherapy in a week or so. Even if I am able to have more children when this ordeal is over, I won't have the option of nursing my baby as I will be having bilateral mastectomies to defeat this cancer!
During this Breast Feeding awareness week, I wanted to encourage each of you to hold your baby close and enjoy that sweet, breast feeding bond between you and your child.
I'd also like to encourage you to perform monthly breast exams, even though we all know our breasts change constantly while we are nursing. I thought I had a clogged duct/brewing mastitis and delayed going to my doctor for about a month.
Feel free to ask questions and I'll be happy to answer them if I can.
THanks for listening.
Oh my goodness what terrible and scary news. I'm so sorry that you and your family are having to fight this battle, it is never fair. I wish you the best with everything, and all the strength in the world to endure the treatments. ((Hugs))
oh my I am soo sorry to hear you have breast cancer Cancer is such an evil disease and it breaks my heart to hear anyone has it. You seem like such a strong person and you are willing to do whatever it takes to beat this evil disease. I am soo happy for you that you were able to breastfeed all of your children. You are soo right hold your babies close and do self exams on yourself often. I lost my mom about a year ago to a rare form of cancer she had in her leg and life has never been the same without her. Thanks for sharing your story and if you need anyone to talk to I am here for you!
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Oh no! I did not expect to hear this from you when I opened the thread. I'm so sorry. Lots of prayers being sent your family's way.
I will definitely be holding Aiden a bit closer during nursing sessions today!
Last edited by alwayssmile; 08-04-2011 at 10:55 AM.
Oh no, I'm so sorry!!! Thank you for the reminder to appreciate every little thing my kiddos do! My family and I will be praying hard for you and your family. You'll be in my thoughts.
I'm so sorry to hear this! My thought and prayers will be with you.
I will be praying for you. I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this.
I am so so sorry to hear of your cancer. You and your family will most certainly be in my thoughts. Have you looked into BM donations for Wade? Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've been too scared to call and make an appointment about a change in my breast that I'm slightly concerned about. I'm definitely making that call today.