Do You ‘Know Your Lemons?’ — Viral Photo Helps Women Detect Breast Cancer

We’ve seen the pink ribbons and the PSAs about checking for lumps, but when it all comes down to it, would you know how to recognize breast cancer if it was invading your body? You could be 1 in 8.

Erin Smith Chieze does. And it’s all because of an image released by

“In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer,” she wrote on Facebook. “I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was nonpalpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 days later and with stage 4 the following month.”

She says self-check reminders and sentimental breast cancer awareness posts on Facebook didn’t educate her on what to look for. But this did.

“I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self-exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease. Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for.”

Erin wants others to know that spreading awareness is different than showing support and standing in solidarity. It’s so much more than sporting a pink shirt and sharing a hashtag.

“So if you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one.”

Her breast cancer awareness post hits close to home because my mom is 1 in 8.

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In 2012, she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, and I watched for two years as she underwent a double mastectomy and full reconstruction surgery. Nine surgeries and a completely “remodeled” body later, she’s a survivor.

But like Erin, it wasn’t because she wore a pink ribbon and acknowledged the existence of breast cancer. It’s because she knew what to look for, which led doctors to catch the invasive killer in its early stages.

Breast cancer touches all of us. Whether we’ve had it ourselves, or know someone who’s had it, we all have a testimony to the destructiveness and overcoming power of this invasive disease.

So please, “know your lemons,” and share an image today that could literally help someone you love to recognize what breast cancer LOOKS like.

My prayer is that one day nobody will have to endure breast cancer or the life-sucking treatments that are available to destroy it. But until then, may we all spread REAL awareness, and be intentional about what 1 in 8 really looks like.

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Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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