FREQUENT FLIER CLUB: Make Your Mammogram Appointment Today!
Hey THINKING GIRLS!
I had this whole post planned out where I would tell you about my week (VERY busy) and the ultrasounds (for my thyroid), doctor visits (for K2 and me), Valentine’s Day tea party (for Beanie and her friends and all their dolls) the women’s conference coming up, the wedding we’re going to and the appointment I had to keep. The one where I got poked, prodded, flopped around and squished.
Then it hit me – all you really need to know about this week is that. See, I had my mammogram this week.
Do you need to schedule an appointment for that, like right now? If you do, follow these instructions:
- Walk away from the computer
- Pick up the phone
- Dial your radiology center or physician
- Schedule an appointment
There! Wasn’t that easy? Yes, Debi. Yes it was. (That’s your part)
Let me tell you why this is important. The mammogram you schedule today, just might save your life. Putting it off doesn’t make your chances of getting cancer go away. It just makes it impossible to detect and treat. Then, you die.
How’s that for open and honest?
You know that whole “Guide to Life” thing I’ve got going on. Well if your dead, you don’t need it. But you’re not yet, so this is one of those things you MUST do.
Seriously, THINKING GIRLS, this is important. I was talking to my friend Rosey, over at Through Rosey’s Glasses, and she was telling me about how she went for her mammogram, six months late. She said,
“My cancer was found by mammogram, and I was told they never would have felt mine because of how far back into the tissue it was. It would have been “found” when it showed up in my lungs, bones or brain.”
Luckily it was slow moving and they were able to save her life. Unfortunately, it had spread to her lymph nodes and that made it very challenging to treat.
I know there are a lot of conflicting bits of information flying around out there about when to get a mammogram and how often and all that, but:
- If you are unsure – call your doctor.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer – call your doctor.
- If you are like me and have no history (I was adopted and I’ve got nuthin’ to go on.) – call your doctor.
- If you feel something “funny” – call your doctor. (You are doing self-exams right?)
Listen, I believe we were all given gifts and talents. Compassion is not one of mine, just to be clear. I could care less that you are uncomfortable or embarrassed about getting a mammogram. As my friend Rosey says,
“CANCER is uncomfortable and embarrassing.”
Don’t be lame. If you have a family, kids, loved ones. You owe it to them to go get this done. It takes like 10 minutes. Tops. Use it as an excuse to get a frappaccino afterwards or eat a hot fudge sundae.
Make your mammogram appointment today!!
Ok, that is all for my soap box. You get it. You don’t need me to beat you over the head anymore. Right?
Now that we’re clear on that, I’m excited to read what you have been writing about this week. Oh, and that whole lack of compassion thing – I’m working on it.
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