So, I have a (totally fine, not at all at all cancer-y) lump in my breast, and I’m going to talk about it here because:
1) Personalisation is a really important public health tool — it’s a good idea for those of us with breasts to check them regularly for lumps, and my talking about finding a lump will make many of you, the people who care about and relate to me, more likely to do so.
2) I think there’s a lot that’s scary and unknown about finding a lump, and I’d like to do a tiny bit to reduce that — I can’t make it not scary and not unknown, but I can tell you about my non-scary experience, and give you (especially those of you in the UK health system) an idea about what to expect from the process.
3) When I was thinking about writing something about this, I realised that when I speak/write publicly about my own health, it’s often (always?) with the aim of tackling stigma. So for me, it’s an interesting exercise to write about something that isn’t at all stigmatised, and I’m interested to see what I learn through doing so.
I also want to emphasise that not only is everything totally fine, not at all cancer-y, but also I’m
fine. This can be a very difficult experience for people who have the exact same outcome as me, but for me, not so much.
All of which leads us to:( Cut for not-cancer )