Saturday, October 11, 2014
Do it now.....no, really.....
So for some reason I feel compelled to write this post today....so maybe one or two of you will make your mammogram appointments.
There is so much coverage to BC Awareness Month now that I almost feel like it gets a little lost in the everyday chaos, kind of feels like white noise almost.
In Feb. 2012 I went in for my yearly mammogram, not thinking a think about it and expecting my "all clear" letter to arrive in about 2 weeks like it always did.
But this time I got a phone call instead...a day later. (Anyone who works in health care knows it's not good news when you get immediate follow up.)
So most of you know my story.....a few tests later and a big surgery following, and I was now the proud owner of a set of fake boobs, thanks to a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
Just to put it in perspective, here are the approximate sizes of the "offending cells", one 3 mm, the other 4 mm. One was already Stage 1, meaning it was already spreading.
The doctor said they were small enough and deep enough that I would have likely not felt them as "lumps" for years....YEARS! Yikes. Lucky for me that routine yearly mammo saved my life.
Since 2012, I've had many friends get that "scare", and for several that "scare" turned out to be real, and they have joined the ranks of BC survivor.
So don't put it off......make your appointment now! It's so much easier to blow off when it's not actually in the calendar.
So that's my PSA for October....... :)