Saturday, February 13, 2016

SuperBoob and Real Life

Samme Allen "we need to talk about our cervix, it's just another body part,
but one that can get cancer."
All of us have had "stuff" happen in our lives we didn't expect.  We have friends and family we have lost, who have suffered from and survived disease, who have had life-altering surgeries, who through no fault of their own are now paralyzed, those who are living with many degrees of depression or anxiety.  We all know someone who has come out stronger from a breakup, or more tragic loss, and amazed us with their strength. We have watched our children fall down and get back up, or are managing with aging parents, or just trying to keep up with all that has to be done every day. This is life, and we are living it. 

I have so many people I admire who have openly shared their stories, including Samme Allen above on being diagnosed (in time) with cervical cancer and who is now a strong voice for early and consistent testing. Have a listen as this interview is a good reminder that there is NO excuse. #FearNoSmear 

My chiropractor of 20+ years saved me from the curse of constant headaches. I met Dr. M after several years of debilitating pain in my 20s. I had taken 1,200 (!) Tylenol 3's and just been moved on to stronger medication and deciding this was not the life I wanted I started regular treatments with him and was able to change the way I was living. He was diagnosed with MS in his 50s and chose to take early retirement to focus on his own health and spend more time playing tennis with his wife - a decision it took 3 years to make while he continued his practice and shared his story with many of his patients, proving that remaining active can be a life-improving choice.

This week the fun, energetic and somewhat inimitable Lord Jason Allan Scott shared his story on his Guest List Podcast Episode 10 (episode TLG-010) and this is worth a listen - for any day you think you are having a tough day - know you are never alone!

Oh and SuperBoob... that is how I now refer to my left breast because it has a titanium chip where they removed a (BENIGN!) calcification after two mammograms could not prove it was nothing and a biopsy was required. They do this implanted chip so in a worst case scenario they know where to remove a cancerous lump, and in cases like mine, they know where to keep an eye out in the future. 

To all of you who have been there, a giant hug coming your way - just because.

1 comment:

  1. Smiling. Thank you for acknowledging all the mishegoss and tsurris many (of us) have been through, are going through, will go through. When we can be ourselves and acknowledge what's really going on we are better as are those around us.