Monday, 27 April 2009

~ GOT BREASTS ???? ~

If you have then you should read this.
My gorgeous friend of over 20 years is in facing surgery today as i type. A double Mastectomy. Her name is Ally (Grum to all of us who know and love her) and she is my Hero right now.I am inspired by her energy,laughter, positive attitude and overall determination that she is gonna KICK SOME SERIOUS CANCER ASS (sorry if you think my use of the word ass was crass but i think its called for on this occasion).
Below is a message Ally posted on FaceBook and im sure she wouldnt mind me posting it here. I know she wants to get the word out and help as much as she can.

Post #1 Allison Lavey wrote on April 14, 2009 at 8:11am
I am a 36 year old girl who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was not detected through scans or a mammogram but by me squeezing my nipple and a small amount of discharge coming out. The books I have been reading stress that not enough information is out there on the correct way to do your monthly checks. Squeezing the nipples gently should be included in every check! Had I not done this the outcome would have been fatal if I had left it just another 2 weeks. The cancer has spread that far that I am having a bilateral mastectomy on the 24th of April. Just 6 weeks after I found the discharge. I urge you to let every female in your life know about this. Squeezing is just as important as feeling for lumps. I hope I can save someone from the agony and frustration I have had to endure over the past weeks. Allison

Until Ally told me this, i had never squeezed my nipples when checking my breasts...i just DID NOT KNOW.How many other woman dont know that?

This past weekend Ally hosted a BOOB VOYAGE party to say goodbye to 'her girls'. Just look at this cake ! I luv it.

They raised over $600 that night for Cancer research! Full SNAPS to everyone i say !

So today Ally faces the C word head on and i know she will be fine. She is a gutsy gal AND she has the most precious angel watching over her....Our beautiful friend Sharyn whom we heartbreakingly lost last year to Cancer. We know Sharyn will look after her.

So, today Ally, my biggest ever hugs are coming your way and my heart is so full of love and admiration for you.

Ally and her lil cherubs.



Lotsa Love,
Shann xxx


nbeltane said...

thank you ally and shan for making us aware of this. i didn't know this either.

Ally i send you all my love, hugs thoughts, prayers and wishes for today and your recovery.

much love


Country Wishes said...

Thanks for the fab advice, I wasnt aware of this either.

My thoughts are with you Ally..oxxo

Great post Shann..

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

No I did'nt know of the Nipple squeezing.
But we have a strong history in the family and I know my sister was troubled with nipple discharge...I will be telling her to follow up on it now!
All the best to your Brave and courageous friend

Alison Gibbs said...

Good Luck to Ally and thanks for letting us girls know of another way to help ourselves

Chantilly Cottage said...

Hi Shannon
I never knew of another way to test yourself, thank you so much for sharing.
I wish your girlfriend Ally all the very best for her operation and the future I too have just had a double mastectomy so I know exactly what she must be going through, please send her my love, hugs and wishes for a wonderful recovery and I will keep her in my thoughts.
Take Care
Hugs... Deb xox

allison godwin said...

Here! Here Shannon, very well said
xx Allie

Lucinda Obrien said...

Thanks so much for letting us know about the nipple thing.I have never heard of it and will be telling all the gals I know to squeeeeeeeze!
Best wishes and luck for you friend,she sounds so courageous.
x Lucinda

Laurie said...

Thanks for this post!

Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Shannon thanks for the info the doctors don't tell you that. All the best to her for a full recovery. Take care Carol

Jules of Whimsicalnotions blog said...

Aww thanks shannon for the warning and i pray that Ally be okay.She sounds like one gutsy fighter so that is in her favor.

Vicki said...

Our thoughts are with you and your very brave friend, she will be in our prayers.. I hope she graps that cancer by the throat and shakes the s*&^ outta it!
sending you lots of love and good vibes
Vic and family

Linda said...

Hi Shannon,
Thank you for spreading the word about this, I had never heard about squeezing before, I will be sure to let my girlfriends know. Best of luck to Ally I hope she kicks some major butt.
Best wishes.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

how sweet and inspiring that you and your friends took such a positive spin on something so horrible.
that cake is too funny!!

just a little bit shabby said...

My thoughts and prayers go with your friend. I am a breast cancer survivor and am almost 5 years out now. Tell her to hang in there. When the going gets tough, the tough get going...
It sounds like your friend has a great support system and that makes our journey a lot smoother.. Thanks to all of you out there who give your love!!

Siobhan said...

HI Shannon, I am wishing your friend Ally a speedy recovery. Thanks so much for letting us know that info.

pharmacy said...

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