October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are several slogans floating around these days to get people more involved. I’ve seen “Save the tata’s” but I think my favorite is “Save Second Base.” That’s the funniest one I’ve seen. Then there’s the ever present “Feel Your Boobies.” I see that one a lot. Pink ribbons are everywhere this month too.
I do have a friend who recently went into remission from breast cancer. She was diagnosed when she was 6 months pregnant with her daughter. She postponed treatment until she was almost 9 months. She delivered her daughter 3 weeks early because she couldn’t put it off any longer. Once she was diagnosed she had one breast removed. She put off chemo as long as she could. Once her daughter was safely here she had the other breast removed. She discovered her lump herself by doing her monthly self diagnosis. That’s why it’s important to do this monthly. Had she waited, her outlook would not be as good as it is. Today she’s a first time Mommy to a little girl. Had she not discovered her lump she could be in more serious trouble. She had a fast spreading breast cancer that would have gone past both breasts before her due date had it been left unchecked.
Doctors recommend that women have a baseline or screening mammogram around age 35. I’m now 36. I slid past my doctor last year. Not this one. He told me I would have one before I saw him again. I trust my doc, so I called to make an appointment. I celebrated the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with my first ever mammogram. Honestly, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be. For those who haven’t had one, there’s pressure when it’s being done, but after that, you’re fine. There’s no long lasting side effects. Although I did talk Ronnie into sushi and flowers for surviving my ordeal. I’m good until I’m 40. At least I hope so. I’ll have results in a week or so.
If you don’t usually do self exams, you should start. It saved my friend and her unborn daughter. If you’ve been putting off a mammogram because you’re afraid it will hurt, it’s not that bad.