Be Your Own Best Health Advocate
Joseph believes his mother received good care, but if he had it to do again, he would have urged her to get into a clinical trial if at all possible.
“Early detection is important, but be vigilant in checking for recurrences. Perhaps be even more thorough and proactive in making sure it doesn’t return. REGARDLESS of what your doctors tell you. It is your health.
“I hope that you will never have to go through what we went through. Triple-negative breast cancer is an angry disease. Fight it with everything and anything you can — with both conventional and non-conventional treatments — do whatever it takes and whatever you think will work for you.”
From The American Cancer Society: The goal of screening exams, such as mammograms, is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.
From The American Cancer Society: Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer.
A Generous Offer of Support
Joseph has a special email address for those who wish to contact him about this story or those who are in need of support. That email address is ThankYouMom912@gmail.com
Living with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Series
#1 The Lump in my Breast: Meeting the Enemy
#2 Most Breast Lumps are Non-Cancerous: Would mine be?
#3 The Mammogram, the Ultrasound, and ‘the Look’
#4 The Biopsy and Breast Cancer Confirmation
#5 A New Twist: It’s Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
#6 Before the Mastectomy: Planning for the Future
#7 Mastectomy Day: What it’s like to lose a breast
#8 After the Mastectomy: Unveiling and Staging
#9 10 Odd Things to Say to Someone with Breast Cancer
#10 Cancer Battle Plan Phase 2: Chemotherapy
#11 5 Things I Love About my Very Expensive Health Insurance
#12 10 Simple Gestures of Kindness with Healing Power
#13 Half a Year on Chemotherapy and Taking Nothing for Granted
#14 Breast Cancer Treatment: Weighing Reward and Risk
#15 The Radiation Decision, The Long Road, The Badge of Honor
#16 The Healing Power of Nurses
Access all posts in the Living with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Series
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