Most of us complain about people who overshare on Facebook, but the networking site turned into a valuable tool for one woman who spotted something odd on her breast.
Sherrie Rhodes, from Hull, East Yorkshire, in England, noticed two dimples on her breast that were unlike lumps normally associated with breast cancer. When she visited her doctor, she was stunned to learn that she did, in fact, had breast cancer.
Now, she’s shared that photo of her breast dimples to raise awareness for the disease and urge women to get checked even if they have symptoms that aren’t typical of breast cancer.
“I decided to do the post almost straight away. I was sat in the car park and thought, ‘I’m going to put a picture on Facebook,’” she told the Hull Daily Mail. “It’s an intimate area and I was nervous about doing it but thought I’d do it in a delicate way and thought it would be worth it if it helped just one person. If I hadn’t seen a post like this previously I wouldn’t have known that this dimpling was a sign of cancer.”
While Rhodes is happy about all the attention her post has received — it’s been shared more than 700 times — getting a breast cancer diagnosis was still devastating.
“I couldn’t stop crying, I’ve got three children and having to tell them something like that was horrendous,” she said.
Rhode’s heartbreaking diagnosis is a brutal reminder to pay attention to changes in your breasts. If you notice anything different, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. As was the case for Rhodes, being vigilant can bring about early detection, which will give you more time to determine a plan for combatting cancer.
We wish Rhodes all the best! We’re rooting for her to beat this nasty disease.
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