Lemons and breast cancer have absolutely nothing in common but a viral Facebook post utilizing a Know Your Lemons image has made sure that these particular lemons have become vital in diagnosing breast cancer.
The viral post which connected lemons and breast cancer was made by a cancer survivor, Erin Smith Chieze. The actual picture has been around for months but when Chieze posted it, the image took on new life.
On her Facebook, Chieze told the story of how a similar image which she saw on a friend wall two years ago saved her life. She could no longer find the image from two years ago but she wanted to do the same for anyone who needed the direction she needed then, so she Googled ‘What breast cancer looks like meme’.
The Know Your Lemons image was the first thing she landed on and she proceeded to share it. So what does the image do? Health care professionals often recommend regular self-exams to check for breast cancer but a lot of people still do not know what to check for.
The Know Your Lemons image is part of the Worldwide Breast Cancer organization’s Know Your Lemons campaign and the viral nature of Chieze’s new post on it could very well save thousands of lives by demonstrating what exactly breast cancer can look and feel like.
To make the general public familiar with the symptoms, designer Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont utilized the citrus fruit to show some of the things people might not even know they should be looking for.
In her post, Chieze made some good points while also sharing her personal story;
“When I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer, I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was non palpable.”
Five days after that examination which led to a visit to the doctor, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she learned it was stage 4 the following month. She continues to write in her post;
“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.”
She concluded her post by writing; “If you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one,”.
Twenty-four hours after, her post had been shared over 2000 times and garnered a hundred likes so it is likely that people heard what she was saying.
Breast cancer, like all types of cancer, present a scary prospect but early detection has always been key to winning the fight, so join in and spread this knowledge to save a life.