Steal This Post

Moms.  We love our kids.  We drive ourselves nuts taking care of them and helping them learn and grow.  We would do anything for them.  Right?

Of course.  So do them a favor and take care of yourself.  Do your monthly breast self-exam and report any changes to your OB/GYN.  ANY changes.  Even something that seems minor, like redness, soreness, thickening, itchiness, texture changes, dimpling, or a bug bite that just won’t heal.  These seemingly minor symptoms are also signs of the baddest breast cancer out there – inflammatory breast cancer – and need to be checked out right away.

So do it for yourself or do it for your kids.  But please, do your breast self-exam this month.  Even if you’re pregnant.  Even if you’re breastfeeding.  Even if you think you’re “too young for breast cancer.”  It could save your life. 


[Team WhyMommy!  Heading off to BlogHer this week? Looking for something to fill the space while you’re on the plane to Chicago? “Steal” this post and put it up at your site while you’re gone, or let me know if you’d like me to send you a more detailed and informative post, and that’s one more post down before you go!  Oh, and have a GREAT time in Chicago!]

Edited to add:  EVERYONE is invited to steal this post.  Everyone.  Or you could steal this post about inflammatory breast cancer instead.  So far, it’s made its way to 20 blogs, reaching a wide range of friends, blogfriends, and other women that bloggers care about.  If you’d like to take it, please do.  Thanks.

13 Responses to Steal This Post

  1. girl says:

    Amen sista!

  2. What a great idea for BlogHer folks!

  3. clifford says:

    Um…I’d like permission to not do my breast exam please.

  4. whymommy says:

    Okay, okay. Clifford, you get a pass. And Matt too. But everyone else — into the showers!

  5. christine says:

    you are amazing–and i am sincere here. really amazing, gal.

  6. Emily says:

    Good reminder. Will do tomorrow in the shower. Thanks for loving my kids.

  7. clifford says:


  8. Sarah says:

    Clifford and all, My husband had breast cancer in 1994 which had spread to the lymph nodes under his arm by the time it was diagnosed. Please, please be aware that men get breast cancer, too.
    Another Sarah

  9. whymommy says:

    D’oh. Sarah, excellent point. You are so right, and I’m so sorry that you and your husband had to experience it. Men even get inflammatory breast cancer. It’s rarer — but it hardly matters if it’s you.

    So, Clifford, need a tutorial on what to look for?

    Go to to learn more about breast cancer in men. But please note — they don’t even mention IBC. (Hmmmm… maybe I should put that on my “to do” list.)

  10. PunditMom says:

    I’m stealing it now! I have had so many friends who have battled this disease. I am on your team and got to BlogHer with you in my thoughts!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Do the Exam!

    She said we could steal it, so I am! Do the monthly self-exam!

  12. Stealing for good . . . I’m all over it.

  13. Roma Chandool says:

    Please everyone the same story I hear all the time late diagnostic .It happened to my eldest sister who battled it for four years and passed when she just turned fifty. she had all the treatments available and surgery. But was dignosed when she was breastfeeding but it was too late. keep up the good work . Help find a cure with early prevention.

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