Why You Should Check your Breasts More Often: My #NoBraDay Story

Year 2000, I woke up with a sharp pain in my left breast.

I felt the breast, and there was a lump moving

I was S.C.A.R.E.D

I couldn’t wait for daybreak

I was one of the first to get to the university health centre

My breasts were examined.

The doctor said the lump is movable

That it’s not cancerous but I have to get it out

I didn’t get it out until February, 2015

You want to know what took me that long?

15 years?

I was scared

Scared that once my breast is opened, I will die

I was even praying away the lumps

I was praying amiss

Rather than pray for a successful surgery, I was praying for lumps to disappear.

Silly!

I have a one-inch scar on my left breast

Girlfriends seeing it for the first time always think it’s a tattoo.

The day I went for my histology result was the scariest day of my life

I was thinking of coffins at one point.

Will it be brown or white?

I started thinking of wigs

I was scared shitless

It turned out to be truly benign

I was jubilant

It was simply a mass of fatty tissues.

And I regretted not removing it earlier.

Removing it earlier meant the scar should be invisible by now.

Yesterday was tagged “No Bra Day ”

It’s not a day for releasing breasts and walking around with those beautiful jumping up and down

How regularly do you check your breasts?

I’ve checked mine like 5 times today

I’m always looking at mine in the mirror

Lifting them and admiring them

And blessing God these two didn’t kill me.

I have a friend who has removed both breasts

I still can’t explain how I felt the day she showed me both

She’s been in remission for 5 years now

My prayers and support are with her and others in similar situation.

#sighs

A true account by Gloria Agbaosi

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