Thursday, July 8, 2010
DD Talks Breasts
Brace yourselves, I’m going to get serious on you. Sorry, but I had a scare last week, and if it helps one person for me to share the lesson I learned, it’s worth it to get a little personal.
Last Thursday, I got my first ever callback from a routine mammogram that I’d had the week prior. I was truly floored. I missed going last year, and had rescheduled this one twice. Now I was being told that not only did they want me to come back for another mammogram, they wanted to see me the next morning. I was definitely freaked out. When I got the call, I was making dinner and an apple pie. I cried, made a couple of phone calls, then we ended up with dinner, three apple pies, a pumpkin pie, and blueberry tea cake. I’m not a baker.
My husband had a rare day off the next day, and to his credit, I didn’t even have to ask if he’d come with me to the appointment. Neither of us expected to be there for over five hours. I certainly didn’t expect to be told I’d need an ultrasound after that second mammogram still showed a problem. Thank God my husband was there to see me through the wait until that test could be done.
At the end of those five hours at the hospital, after much hand holding and wringing, the ultrasound showed two small cysts creating a questionable shape on the mammograms. Nothing to worry about. The Doctor, however, had a few things to say to me about not doing monthly self exams, and skipping last year’s mammogram.
She’s absolutely right.
She also told me that the majority of women who get breast cancer - and that number is a staggering 1 out of every 7 women - have NO history of it in their family. There was no reason for me to ever feel safe, or to be so casual about routine testing.
I’ve learned my lesson. I will be going every year without fail, and I will be doing those self exams.
Won’t you do the same?