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Being a big sister isn't an easy. My little sister can often be a handful and we have our share of fights, but since I left  for college we have become extremely close. We can pretty much tell each other anything, but this summer she shared something with me that was kind of hard to handle.

I thought our vacation to South Padre would be time for relaxation and forgetting about problems back at home. I was wrong. One night as me and my sister were lying in bed she told me she had found a lump in her breast. I immediately thought she was kidding, but once I felt it for myself I began to imagine the worst. She really scared me by telling me that she had a friend who had to get a cyst in her breast removed. I quickly got online and did some research on what it could be. Some websites claimed that it could just be a cyst that would heal itself, while some websites prepared me for the worst, breast cancer. My sister begged me to not tell my parents about it until we got back home, but I couldn't get all the what-ifs out of my head for the remainder of my trip.

Once we were home my sister was furious when I made her show my mom the lump, she was even more mad when my mom scheduled an her an appointment with the gynecologist on her 16th birthday. In the weeks leading up to her appointment I was a nervous wreck. What would I do if my sister actually needed surgery, or worse had cancer? I did a lot of worrying and crying but I never let my sister know. My sister seemed like she could careless, she was mostly upset that her doctor's appointment was taking up her birthday celebration time. It wasn't until one night that I noticed she was bothered. She was outside during a lightning storm and when I told her to get inside she responded, "Who cares I have cancer anyway!" I tossed and turned in bed that whole night.

When her appointment was over we could all breathe a small sign of relief. The doctor told us that since she was so young and breast cancer didn't run in our family it was unlikely that the lump was cancerous. She also had her get a sonogram done, and the results should be in soon. Those weeks of waiting and worrying were the worst, but I'm glad we got my sister to a doctor quickly. Being a girl is hard enough, but her small scare reminded me how important doing a monthly breast exam is. Even though we are young and our bodies are changing everyday, it's good to be aware of any strange lumps in the breast area. According to womenshealth.gov Latinas seem to get breast cancer at a younger age. As scary as it sounds, it's good to be aware. A breast lump could happen to anyone, and the faster it's found the better. At the end of the day I'm glad my sister is going to be ok, as her big sister I'm her number one supporter and protector. She taught me an important lesson, and from now on I'm going to make sure I'm always aware of what's going on with my body!

In case you are just as confused as I was on how to do a breast exam, here is a great link with instructions http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer/breast-self.... Let's stay happy and healthy ladies!

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Comment by Dominique Gonzalez on September 4, 2012 at 12:19pm

Aww thank you Jasmine! :)

Comment by Dominique Gonzalez on September 2, 2012 at 1:05pm

Thanks for the support Vanessa! 

Comment by Vanessa Mari on September 1, 2012 at 11:12pm

Great post...I am glad to hear you have such a great relationship with your sister. It is very important to get tested for cancer, especially if you find a lump in the breast. You and your sister can become a great source of inspiration for may latinitas going through something similar. even if it might be scary, getting tested for cancer is important. 


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