When Sherrie Rhodes was diagnosed with breast cancer, her world was turned upside down. She’d tried to be healthy and do everything right, but the woman from Hull in the United Kingdom had to come to terms with the truth. She had breast cancer and she needed to start fighting it with all she had. She had three children she wanted to make proud and would do it for them. But with the diagnosis still fresh on her mind – it came this past Monday – she decided to share images of the breast dimpling that lead to her diagnosis. When she courageously posted the images on Facebook, she got an influx of support.
Although the images are revealing, Rhodes wanted other women to know what the common symptom of breast cancer looks like. While most women know to look out for lumps in their breast, the two dimples that were the only sign of Rhodes’s cancer, are not as commonly known. She hopes sharing the images online will help raise awareness around this symptom and get more women into their doctors to be checked.
The 37-year-old discovered the two dimples on her breasts before the diagnosis. But because they were nothing like the lumps that she was told to associate with breast cancer, she couldn’t be sure. But she took precaution and went to her doctor. She was referred to a breast clinic and on Monday July 24 got the devastating diagnosis – she has breast cancer.
Although the news hit her hard, she had the images of the breast dimples and wanted other women to see them – she knew that sharing them online, although they are revealing, could save a life.
Sherrie said, “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’. 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.”
Besides the images, Sherrie wrote a message encouraging women to look for any abnormality in their breasts – not just lumps.
Sherrie works as a caretaker for elderly and disabled people. She remembers when she noticed the dimples.
“I noticed when I was trying on a new swimming costume it looked a bit strange and different and I was worried. I’d seen a post about dimples being a sign of something sinister so I made an appointment to see the GP but I wasn’t too worried because I didn’t have a lump or anything. I was referred to the breast clinic which revealed a mass, I then had a mammogram and I got the results on Monday. I couldn’t stop crying, I’ve got three children and having to tell them something like that was horrendous.”
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