For someone who has never had to experience or endure breast cancer, it might be understandable that there are questions involved. Does a diagnosis typically come as a surprise, or do people often suspect that something feels not quite right?
How often should we be performing self-examinations, anyway?
We asked some of those questions, and more, to our readers -- and as you can imagine, there was quite a range when it came to the answers we received.
Like with many things in life, it’s hard to generalize. Many people’s responses sounded familiar, and you could certainly find some common themes, but each story was also different in its own way.
It’s not too late to participate, by the way, if you or someone you love is battling the disease and you’re interested in sharing. It might be therapeutic.
Self-checks? Did you suspect it? How did you learn of your breast cancer? If you're open to sharing your story, click or tap here to fill out our form. Thank you for considering!
By the way, respondents had the option to self-identify however they’d like. We asked for names, ages and locations, but people were able to provide as much information or as few details as they’d prefer, which is why you’ll see some full names, and some people on a first-only basis. Some responses have been edited for length, clarity and grammar.