Kicking Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oh fall… How I love you. Crisp air, pumpkin spice everything, football, etc. These are some of my favorite things about October.

This year however, my priorities have changed. The number one thing I am looking forward to this year is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m beginning what a lot of my fellow breasties have already been participating in, which is Feel it on the First. What this means is the 1st of every month you take 10 minutes out of your day and give yourself a Breast exam. If you notice ANYTHING that you feel is weird or seems off, contact your doctor immediately. Here is a picture on how to give yourself the exam.

If anyone has any questions about the exam message me below.

Also I want to reach out to you all about the upcoming Making Strides of Nashville walk I’ll be participating in on November 3rd. If you are in Nashville or want to make a trip down, please join my team! I’ll list the link below. If you aren’t in town but would like to donate you can do that at the link as well. I’m so excited to be participating in this walk. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

Link for joining my team or donating is Tatatocancer team

Ok on another note… I had my Breast implant surgery with lipo/fat transfer from my stomach and love handles to my breast. You guys. I could cry just looking at how much Dr Unger (shoutout) took off of my tummy. I had gained a lot of weight from the chemo and steroids and was honestly pretty miserable. He’s done an amazing job and it’s still in the healing process. Here’s a picture I took last night. I mean there is barely any bruising! He’s amazing you guys! Recovery has went pretty well. A little sore when I try to use my stomach muscles. But nothing unbearable.

I go back to see Dr Unger for my post op tomorrow so I’ll let y’all know what the next steps are.

I will be beginning 5 weeks of radiation in November. Then will be done and closing this chapter! Bring on 2019!!!!

Now for a couple of questions you guys had for me.

What has been the worst part about going through this??

Honestly the worst part is seeing the look of concern on my loved ones faces. Knowing they hurt because they can’t do anything to make this just go away. I love them all so much. And now that I’m nearing the end of this I am seeing those smiles come back on their faces. 💜

How do you support a friend who is having a mastectomy but doesn’t want to talk about it?

Give them their space. I’m a weird one. I decided in the beginning to be an open book about what I’m going through. But honestly it’s a really hard thing. You are losing a part of your body. Even with the amazing reconstruction it will never be the same. Give her time to let it all sink in. Let her know you are there when she’s ready to talk. The unknown is scary. Everyone deals with it differently.

What’s your favorite candle smell?

Omg anything fall or Christmas. Like give me all the pumpkin, apple, Christmas tree smells.

Have you been able to connect to other young cancer survivors?

I’ve found the most amazing group of Breast cancer survivors. All in our early 30’s. All live in Nashville. And all have amazing men behind us to support us. Here is a picture of these amazing women and men.

No words can describe the friendship we have with each other.

So there is my quick update!

In conclusion…

Check yourself on the 1st.

Donate or come join my team tatatocancer

Until next time…

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I was diagnosed with Stage IIIA Grade 2, HR/PR positive HER2 negative breast cancer at age 31. I am now NED!

3 thoughts on “Kicking Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. Laura, I can’t make it to Nashville but donated to your team. I will walk in St. Petersburg on your behalf and that of my friend, Lisa. Keep fighting!


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