You know how I told you that I had to have my first mammogram? Well, I did it last week.
But not before I got news from Texas Bestie A that made all my fears and anxieties about having it done seem silly.
I don't think she'll mind if I
tell you that she has gotten The Bad Result. She's 41 and very healthy,
active and fit. Just like you and me. And now she's tackling the problem
with signature nerve, determination and energy. She's read all
about it, knows her options and has characteristically analyzed every
scenario. She has always belied her tiny frame with the power she holds
within it and this is no different.
Without a routine mammogram the spot would not have been found. It isn't visible. It couldn't be
felt during a monthly going over in the shower. But thanks to the big
plastic boob squisher it's on the outs.
I made jokes about
feeling old and the insult of it all but they were just that. I am
actually thankful for the preventative medicine and procedures we have
available to us now. I'm writing this so you'll take advantage of it,
not be afraid, encourage someone you love to get it done.
I recently read a great post by MommyPants and her point was to tell women
that it's not as bad as all that.
Why have we heard so many negatives
regarding the mammogram? That it hurts. It really doesn't. That it's
humiliating. It really isn't. That it's scary. It's not.
I'll give you a step-by-step run down of what happens.
All it is is this:
1) You go into the clinic or onto the mobile mammogram truck
You take off your shirt and bra--you lucky things over in the US of A
get a gown to put over yourself unlike here in France where I was left
to stand bare-chested from the waist up, belted shorts and sandals on
the bottom, imagine! Or don't.
3) The lady takes your breast into her hands and places it onto a large plastic tray
4) You hold three different positions per breast while another plastic plate flattens your business for less than 30 seconds
5) You're done
Seriously, if you've had a baby you've already aced much more than this.
also had an ultrasound--like when you are pregnant with the cold goo
and the little price checker--done to be extra sure things
were good. And thankfully, they were.
care of everyone else's health. We get our kids' shots, feed them well,
force our husbands to get their yearly checkups. And if you're like me
your boobs might have even put in their time on the grocery roster.
They've earned it. Get out there and get your mammogram, it's not as bad
as all that.