Saturday, October 12, 2013

October is: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Two members of my family have had breast cancer as well as several of my friends.  Those of us with CRPS tend to ignore routine preventive testing for fear of causing a flare.  It is true that a mammogram may be painful for some; however there are other things that you can do to be sure that if you have breast cancer, it will be caught early.
1) Self exams monthly are essential.
2) Did you know that a breast ultrasound can be done in place of a mammogram?  This is a great alternative for those of us with CRPS.
3) GYN exams are also important.

If caught early, a lumpectomy may be all that is needed for treatment.  This can be done under ketamine to reduce the incidence of CRPS spread.

Breast cancer is something that is not in our control, much like our CRPS; however domestic abuse is something that we can prevent or at least get away from.  Because most of us are financially dependent on someone else, we feel that it is ok to be verbally abused.  Yes verbal abuse is abuse.  There are so many other options for those who are abused.  If you are involved in an abusive relationship, please contact a health care professional and let them help you find a way out.

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