Public Service Message: Feel Yourself up!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Brandonf, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    Yes, thats it. Breast cancer is unfortunatly a very real thing, and not just for woman and old men with man boobs. True story (my own). After having been treated for the 11 months or so for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and having the cancer go into remission I figured I was on my way back to kicking ass and taking names. About a month ago I was taking a shower and noticed a strange, rather large bump under my right nipple (the one who died and went to medical waste heaven Friday). Discovering the bumb, I did what any self respecting man would do, I ignored it and hoped it would go away. When after 5 or 6 weeks it still had not gone away I happen to mention it to my Cousin who is a Physicians Assistant. She about shit a brick and set me up to have a mamogram. The mamogram showed something was there, but since I'm a skinny guy (5-8 and about 140lbs), the mamogram was something of a midevil torture device for me and they could not get a great view, although they could tell something was there. Off to the ultrasound I went. That showed that there was definatly something there, it was solid and had its own blood flow. A biopsy followed, and I should say right here that I never pierced anything (esp my nipples) even when it was the cool thing to do, and my take on that was reaffirmed with the biopsy. It came back about 6 days later as Breast Cancer not related in any way to the NHL. So friday I was in DSM and had a radical massectomy on all breast tissue and the lymph nodes under my armpits. That has about a 90% chance of being successful since we caught it early, but to be on the safeside I'm also going to do a few rounds of Chemo.

    So here is the public service message again. Feel yourself up, even if your young and male. Most men who get breast cancer are over 70 years old, but on occassion a younger man (I'm 31) can also get it. You will lose a nipple and your boobs if they discover cancer, but I'd rather loose the boobs I was never very attatched to anyway than my life. (The nipple is another matter entirely, it looks f'n weird and I'm a bit bent over losing it)

    Anyway I had the surgery Friday and they let me come home late Friday night. I'm more than a little sore, but its much better than it was Saturday. Two other notes, I think I must have been a terrible person in a former life to get all this bad health I have had the last few years. Secondly, Im going to start playing the lotto, because the luck has to even out someplace.
     
  2. GTS

    GTS

    Great story - it took a lot of guts to share that with this crowd. Kudos to you!
     
  3. Agreed; thanks for sharing.

    In general, most killer health conditions have ways to reduce their occurence or treat them. Eating lots of fruit/veggies/nuts/fish and exercising are part.

    This is the Number of deaths for leading causes of death + sites/suggestions for reducing their likelihood

    Heart disease: 652,486
    Prevention: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease-prevention/WO00041

    Cancer: 553,888
    http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/CA/00024.html

    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,074
    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/preventing_stroke.htm

    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 121,987
    http://www.healthinparliament.org.uk/lungd/PREVENTING RESPIRATORY DISEASE August 2006.pdf

    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 112,012
    [search 'preventing accidents/accidental deaths] but cars are a big part of that - buckle up, slow down, don't drive distracted/sleepy and be alert, don't drive an unsafe car will help much

    Diabetes: 73,138
    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-prevention/how-to-prevent-diabetes.jsp

    Alzheimer's disease: 65,965
    The easiest way may be just adding turmeric to your food daily. But also, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1147142,00.html

    Influenza/Pneumonia: 59,664
    Flu vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine

    Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 42,480
    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-nephrosis.htm

    Septicemia: 33,373
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001355.htm
     
  4. Good Luck and stay positive.
     
  5. Wishing you all the best!
     
  6. men can get breast cancer too
    don't forget your testicles.
    squeeze your balls often :D
     
  7. ps feel up your GF too :D
     
  8. A sobering tale, Brandon. Thanks for the heads-up, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
     
  9. so its not just us fat guys that need to be concerned?!

    man, brandon, you have been thru alot!


    best wishes,

    surf
     
  10. Lucrum

    Lucrum

    It takes a lot of moxy to spill the beans on something like this.
    GL with the recovery Brandonf.
     
    #10     Feb 18, 2008