Made a trip to Botanical Garden, Penang this morning with Hubby and Jazzy.... It has been long since we went there together... Hubby and I pledged to make it a once a week thing.... Hopefully we can stick to our pledge..
As you all can see from the picture... It is not a perfect coin pouches.. It was first time touching the sewing machine since I left school.... Since then, I'm so crazy about sewing... I purchase so many fabrics online which I yet to sew something from them.. Damn! Why is it that I have difficulty of looking for some time to squeeze in my new hobby!! Sigh..
It is quite simple to this actually... I got this tutorial from the net...
I hate to start blogging (after so long) with a bad and sad news but I think I must pen it down and share with. Two days ago I received a news that my Aunt (My mom's elder sis) diagnosed with breast cancer... I'm unsure of the stage... Visiting her (KL) this Saturday.
I know that people do get cancer and get serious sickness but when it strike your loved ones, I realize that I have difficulty to digest it. I haven't spoken to her.. Been only hearing news from my mum. I'm actually very afraid to speak to her.I can't face the fact. I thought about how my dad passed away due to cancer too. I've been told that she's very strong mentally. I pray for her health everyday...
So, I did some research. I read all I need to know about BREAST CANCER... I am doing my part now.. I want to share with all of you what it is all about... Please take some time to read....
DEFINITON Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.
A tumor can be benign (not dangerous to health) or malignant (has the potential to be dangerous). Benign tumors are not considered cancerous: their cells are close to normal in appearance, they grow slowly, and they do not invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Left unchecked, malignant cells eventually can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body.
The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast.
Initially, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. A lump may be too small for you to feel or to cause any unusual changes you can notice on your own. Often, an abnormal area turns up on a screening mammogram (x-ray of the breast), which leads to further testing.
In some cases, however, the first sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast that you or your doctor can feel. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But sometimes cancers can be tender, soft, and rounded. So it's important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor.
According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:
swelling of all or part of the breast
skin irritation or dimpling
nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
a nipple discharge other than breast milk
a lump in the underarm area
These changes also can be signs of less serious conditions that are not cancerous, such as an infection or a cyst. It’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor.
LOWERING THE RISK
Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of developing breast cancer. If you have no personal history of the disease, you want to do what you can to stay clear of it. And if you have had breast cancer, you never want to get it again. You want to know how to lower your risk of the cancer coming back, and you want to reduce your risk of getting an unrelated new breast cancer.
The best defense against breast cancer is a good offense. There are no perfect solutions, but you can do many things to reduce your risk.
Regular screening tests for breast cancer, such as an annual mammogram and a breast exam during your annual checkup, allow you and your doctor to ensure that your breasts are as healthy as they can be. Screening also increases the likelihood that your doctor will find breast cancer early, when it's most treatable.
Well... actually I have a lot of stories to pen down but I'm always chasing for time.. Today.. just for today.. I'm gonna write about the movie.. Pursuit of Happiness... I know that many of you have watched the movies ages ago... I just finished watching it.. Well... Kudos to Mr Smith and his kid to really bring out the character.. I'm actually still tearing thinking about them being homeless.. Not 1 day or two.. but many months... And here I am complaining that my place is small... Well.. sorry for being emotional.. Just need to let it out... Hmmm.. I'm contented... Well.. need to go.. Chasing for time..remember??? =)