A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to go on Channel 7’s The Morning Show and put in my 10 cents worth about shoes. As you do when you’re a mum in the ‘burbs with two little kids.

And after sorting out early morning care for my boys, my thoughts turned to the next most important thing: what to wear.

Fortunately, I ran into Mia Freedman (publisher of the ridiculously successful website Mamamia, and frequent appearer on The Box) at an event that we were both attending, and I took the opportunity to pick her brains about what kind of clothing works well on tele. As you do. Kind enough not to laugh at my predicament, she offered the advice “Wear Block Colours.”

The next day, I had a child-free hour of speed-shopping where I found the ‘perfect blazer’: classic cut, sitting just-so on the shoulders, softly draped lapels, an on-trend pastel minty colour, and all for the bargain price of $129.95. To double-check that it was TV-worthy, I had the sales assistant snap off this photo on my phone to send to a buddy for The Verdict.

Clearly this photo was never intended to be published on the internet or I would’ve at least combed my hair, or attempted a camp OTT expression…

 

Yet as I was slipping off that jacket and white top in the fitting room I noticed a lump on my breast, about the size of a grain of rice. As my face drained of colour, and took on a pallor similar to that on-trend shade of minty green, my friend’s text came back with one word: “PERFECT!”

Sorry babe, not anymore. This situation was anything but.

For anyone who’s come within breathing distance of breast cancer, the fear of a lump is palpable, and I’ve looked the Big C in the eye and she slapped me hard. See, my mum discovered a lump in her breast when she was in her 20’s and never made it to my age. So I’m pretty shit-scared when it comes to lumps on my bumps.

Yet happily for me, this story ends well.

Within 24 hours I was sharing this update on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

 

And now, I’ve written about the whole experience at the request of Mia over at Mamamia.

 

But as we know, it’s not a happy ending like this for everyone.

And so today, please be reminded to check your breasts regularly.”

If you’re unsure how to do this, or what to look for, check out this great resource at the McGrath Foundation. If you’ve found something strange going on in boob-land, get thee to the doctor, stat, as early detection is vital, and it’ll stop you going pre-maturely grey with worry.

 

And along with this happy ending, it’s only fitting to share my ‘perfect blazer’s’ moment of glory on planet TV. Although it’s now in the dry cleaners who are working like demons to remove the sweat patches from under the arms.

 

Have you ever found a lump? How long did it take you to check it out? And what was The Verdict?

And any tips for getting sweat stains out of a brand new jacket will be greatly appreciated….

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36 Comments

    • Hi Jackie,
      Yeah, I wasn’t really keen to write anything about it. To be honest, it’s a really personal topic for me, and I don’t like talking about it.
      But after I’d shared my update on social media I realised how important it was to raise awareness. So if my exposing my ‘boobie story’ gets anyone to check theirs, then job done.
      Any yes, the blazer rules. xxxA

  • Scary stuff, still shocks me that testing isn’t free for all ages, how many girls in their 20s & 30s get breast cancer, waiting until your 50’s is often too late. Just this week another friend had a double mastectomy, in her 30s, good thing too as the biopsy of the ‘good boob’ came back with cancer in it too. I lost my mother-in-law to it, she never met my 4 children, or 8 more grandchildren, absolutely sucks!! Great news with your results, i can imagine the experience of your mother looms large over you. Sorry i missed your television segment, i like the Morning Show. Love Posie
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    • Your stories Posie, are devastating, and happen all too frequently. Lets hope, one day, there is a cure and this stuff is all over. x A

    • Hi Kirrily,
      Hey nice to hear from you.
      In an instant it goes from trying on a top to crapping your pants (sorry for the visual), but then that’s life…
      And thanks about my mum. Was a long time ago now, but still…
      xA

  • Yes, I have twice found lumps, one at 19, the other this year at 33. Both resulted in ultrasound, first needed biopsy also. Very scary, but I’m ok, glad u r too x

  • So pleased your story had a happy ending. Mine did too, in my 20s. Scary. Glad you are helping to raise awareness. And you rocked that blazer.

    • Phew for you too!
      And yeah, the more we talk about it, the more it’s top of mind so we are reminded to be proactive.
      Oh, and thanks about the blazer 😉 x

  • I found a lump when I was about 20, and when I went to get it checked out the doctor found a second one. Luckily, they turned out to be breast mice (my friend offered to get them some cheese), but I had an ultrasound and fine needle aspiration to be sure.
    One thing I do want to say is that, while breast cancer is uncommon in younger women, it is actually far more aggressive than in older women, so it is really, really important to get straight to a doctor if you do notice a lump.

      • The formal name is fibroadenoma – they’re benign tumours that move around and even apparently disappear sometimes. It was scary, but the doctor was very reassuring and was pretty sure that was what it was from the start. Still, I’d do the uncomfortable, invasive tests again in a heartbeat to have that certainty. It was worth it to know for sure!

  • Gorgeous blazer. My Mum had a scan last month after a mammogram came back with some suspicious areas – thankfully it was nothing but the worst part is she didn’t tell any of us! I’m still peeved with her! Glad you’re ok x

  • So glad you’re ok! My lump was about the size of a walnut which I discovered soon after finishing breast feeding and only weeks after my friend from Mum’s group was diagnosed with Stage 3 (!) but after two mammatone biopsies and six months of waiting the calcifications were declared benign a couple of weeks ago. I bought a lottery ticket as I felt so lucky! My friend has been through hell and won’t know whether she’s in the clear for years… it is an insidious enemy that should never be underestimated… good on you for promoting diligence in getting checked and you look gorgeous on the small screen! x

  • I,m so glad everything was ok,yes I have found a lump in my breast and it is still there ,I had an utrasound ,mammogram and a few biopsys taken and I can tell you it was the longest week of my life waiting for the results,yes it was ok but I have to have a mammogram and an utrasound yearly to make sure nothing changes,apparantly it is in my milk duct and It is quiet large ,but when I found the lump I saw a specialist on breasts and he told me he did not want to remove the lump,just watch it.So me and my lump regularly get checked out.yes check your breasts regularly,and know how they feel.
    Love the jacket it is lovely on you!

    • Wow Lisa, you are totally in action mode – well done! The best we can do for our health is to be on top of it, and like you said, know how our breasts feel so we know when things change.
      x

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