It seems like yesterday… 1996, I was watching TV on my couch. No better time to do a breast exam than the present, right? Then I felt something hard. I screamed for my mother. I showed her what I felt, and she confirmed it. I immediately became numb. Nothing mattered until I found out from the doctors what this was, and what this meant! “Hello Doctor, hello Ms. Ahart, we have confirmed it’s a solid mass and we need to schedule surgery to remove it right away. Ok, can we schedule surgery tonight? No, Ms. Ahart, but we do have an opening for next week. Ok, YES, PLEASE! Ms. Ahart, once we remove the mass, we’ll test it, and let you know if it’s malignant or benign. Oh, Ok… God help me please.” I was 26 years old. Days seemed like weeks – weeks seemed like months, until finally the nurse called. “Ms. Ahart? Yes. Your test results came back benign.” I felt like I was holding my breath this entire time and I finally took a breath. Thank you Jesus!!”
There is not a day that goes by where I don’t believe that early detection played a huge part in my early prevention. If I had not stayed vigilant in doing regular breast exams, and let that mass just sit there, I’m not sure what the outcome would have been for me.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am a huge supporter and advocate for this annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
You can find so many ways to get support and provide support at the link below.
I am also a firm advocate Self-Breast Exams, Early Detection is key! And I’m a real-life scenario of the positive outcomes that come from early detection and early prevention.by