Ironically, Danny first refused to nurse on my right breast in October 2005-- my first sign of cancer. It's appropriate that I ended my breast cancer treatments nearly three years ago during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It took me only five weeks to realize that something was wrong with my body. The last normal weeks of my life. It took another four weeks for a breast exam, mammogram, ultrasound, surgical appointments, fine needle aspiration and finally, a core needle biopsy, before my diagnosis on December 22. Merry Christmas. Nine weeks. And life is never the same again. Nine. Short. Weeks. And every month since has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
So I'm putting on the pink for the month of October. I hope it helps even one woman do a self-exam!
In the meantime, however, I have a website to share with you. It's called The Urban Dictionary. It is a dictionary of slang. Like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary is publicly defined site. As a parent I find this site extremely useful. As an ex-kid I find it irresistibly entertaining! In that light I offer you a few of my recently found favorite slang words. See if you can figure out which one I submitted...
Cybercondriac: An individual that reads symptoms of illnesses on the net and begins to believe they're sick.
Half your age plus seven: A dividing-line / rule, whereby one may not make a Romantic/erotic/sexual move toward someone who is not at least half one's age, plus seven more years. Ha! My co-worker is forever quoting this rule. He swears that since he is 30 it is ok for him to date women that are 22. Makes perfect sense until you reverse it. By this calculation at 43 I should be able to date a man twice my age less 7 years. That's 72 years old!!!!! Gah!
Restless Lip Syndrom: When a person keeps interrupting a conversation and can't keep their mouth shut. Hee... I know a few who suffer from this.
Sticker Paralysis: The effect caused by having a really awesome sticker and no appropriate place to use it. General symptoms include keeping the sticker in a drawer and never actually using it. Sometimes resulting in affixation remorse.
Nipple Envy: What a woman feels when she sees another woman's nipple erection and hasn't completed her post-mastectomy reconstruction. I so suffer from this!!!!!
Pisshap: A mishap involving urine, usually after a mass amount of alcohol has been consumed. This one has worked its way into my every day conversation!!!!! And that's kind of sad...