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Squeeze The Puppies: Do Regular Breast Exams

Squee the Puppies with a mammogram

Squeeze the puppies. Keep your ta ta’s in line. Make sure you are lump free. If you want to stick around and be a dog mom to your pooch, please do regular self breast examinations and have mammograms as dictated by your doctor.

As dog moms (and dads), we do so much to help keep our dogs healthy, and we owe it to our dogs to be around for the long haul. Fidose of Reality is spreading the word and encouraging folks to examine their breasts on a regular basis and to talk to their doctors about having a mammogram.

I had a scare with breast cancer and fellow pet blogger, Robbi Hess, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Both of us are dog moms. And both of us have been diligent in making sure to take care of our health so that we are around for a long, long time.

Why Should You Examine Your Breasts?

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, adult women of ALL ages should perform a breast self exam at least monthly.  Johns Hopkins Medical center states, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any breast changes.

How Should You Examine Your Breasts?

Save your puppies breast exam

My Breast Lump

My breast lump was discovered during my routine yearly exam. My gynecologist then ordered a mammogram and MRIs of both breasts. Eventually a same-day lumpectomy revealed benign fatty tissue. I am grateful for this result and even more grateful that thanks to my own due diligence coupled with my gynecologist’s exam , I am okay. I perform monthly self breast exams, see my gynecologist yearly, and have a yearly mammogram. I am now 47 years young. The lumpectomy occurred in 2006.

Remember: If you know what normal feels like, you can report any outside-the-norm changes to your healthcare provider. This is me at my routine mammogram recently, and I encourage you to have a mammogram, squeeze the puppies, and not be afraid. The sensation is not painful. It is a bit uncomfortable but it only lasts seconds and it’s very easy to do. If you cannot afford a mammogram, many communities offer yearly screenings for free. Check with your local healthcare provider.

Men can get breast cancer; therefore, it is important for men to examine their breast tissue and underarms and report any unusual findings to their doctor right away.

Robbi HessRobbi’s Story

Writer/blogger, Robbi Hess, of All Words Matter, shares:

Am I thankful that the cancer was caught early? Yes. Do I thank God every day that I found the most amazing surgeon, plastic surgeon and oncologists? Of course. Do I still cry at the loss of my “normal body?” Every. Single. Day.

Robbi is proud to have kicked cancer’s ass and says she is blessed to have found support from a group called Booby Buddies. Yes, she is angry that this happened to her, and yes she had to go through surgery and treatments. She made it and she is a survivor.

Robbi was diligent in seeing a doctor and reporting changes. She had her mammogram and due to taking action, she survived and continues to be an advocate in her own health.

Please Squeeze Your Puppies

In order to live a long life so that I can continue squeezing these kind of puppies:

Squeeze Puppies

 

I need to put my puppies into a mammography machine at least once a year AND perform monthly self breast exams.

Fidose of Reality encourages you to Squeeze the Puppies and live a long, happy, healthy, dog-filled life!

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mammography machine
The mammography machine I recently encountered. Squeeze and release: ta-da!

 

Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I had my first one a few months back. Not fun, but like you said – very important.

  2. Bri says

    It is so important to actively take care of our health so we can continue to take care of our pets. I too have fatty tissue.

  3. Amanda says

    Thank you for the reminder! While I’m “too young” for mammograms, I do self exams and get yearly exams from my primary care doctor, who has been seeing me for 16 years. My mom had a breast cancer scare a few years ago. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so I’m very weary about it.

  4. Kimberly says

    I dread my mammogram every year because I have dense breasts and the squeeze hurts like heck. Despite that, I’m diligent about getting one every year because breast cancer runs in my family. Thank goodness you received a clean bill of health. Robbi—-she’s just plain awesome. She kicked cancer’s a$s!

  5. laura londergan says

    yes yes yes to all of this. I had a scare a couple years ago that we thought was something but it turned out to just be a spot we are ‘monitoring’ but I pray it stays in that stage. 😉

  6. caren gittleman says

    Thank GOD all was ok!!! I had a scare years ago, like you, it turned out to be benign fatty tissue. If there is one test I have every year, it’s that one! Sorry but I cracked up laughing at “Squeeze The Puppies”……too funny! xoxo

  7. Emma says

    My mom has had three of those fatty things removed over the years, I had one too. Remember, dogs can get breast cancer too, so check your own breasts, and then check your dog’s breasts every month!

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