Facebook can be a time waster, but thanks to Sherrie Rhodes it may also be a lifesaver. After a prompting from a post on the social media site, the mum went to get checked only to be given the news this week that she has breast cancer. She’s now shared her own photo to remind others to check their breasts.
“I knew something was wrong”
Sherrie Rhodes, a 37-year-old mother of three from East Yorkshire in England, first noticed her right breast looked dimpled when trying on a swimming costume in late June. Remembering a post she’d read previously on Facebook about dimples being a sign of breast cancer, she booked in to see her doctor for a check-up despite feeling fine and having no other symptoms.
Unfortunately, after a number of scans and biopsies her suspicions were confirmed and Sherrie received the heartbreaking news that she does in fact have breast cancer.
Yesterday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a total shock as this dimpling (in the pic) is the only symptom…
Sharing her story to help others
Despite being in a state of shock she knew she wanted to do her own post with a photo on social media straight away, to share her story so she could warn and hopefully help other women, according to local paper 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.”
Not surprisingly, her post has already received over 600 shares with floods of supportive comments coming in for the brave mum.
“Check your breasts regularly”
Sherrie’s heartfelt story accompanied by a photo of her dimpled breast has an important message for women.
“Yesterday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a total shock as this dimpling (in the pic) is the only symptom I had.”
Her post urges others to look for any changes in their body and not ignore the warning signs.
“Please check your breast regularly and don’t ignore anything that is different. If I hadn’t seen a post like this previously I wouldn’t have known that this dimpling was a sign of cancer,” Sherrie added in the post.
Early detection is crucial
According to Cancer Council Australia, one in eight women up to the age of 85 has a chance of developing breast cancer. Early detection however does greatly increase the chances of successful treatment.
Symptoms to look out for include: lumps or thickening; changes such as dimpling, a rash or puckering; breast pain; size or shape changes; and nipple discharge.
All women should check their own breasts regularly and there are also free mammograms offered to those between the ages of 40 and 75. If you are concerned about your breasts please speak to your doctor.
Facebook can be a powerful platform for awareness. We wish Sherrie all the best with her breast cancer treatment.