Thursday, February 26, 2009

Do As I Say, Not as I Did

It's that time of year again. Mammogram. Ugh! But unlike years past, this one wasn't really uncomfortable. Now that hospitals are using digital equipment, there is a lot less compression involved which translates to a lot less discomfort (or in some cases downright pain!). I was for several years very active in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in honor of my wonderful sister-in-law who is a many year breast cancer survivor. But I have to admit that I skipped the last several years and have not been getting my annual mammogram. I don't expect bad results as we don't have a genetic history of breast cancer in my family. But I am more apprehensive than years' past since if there is a problem, it may have been hiding for several years rather than just a few months. But I want to encourage anyone who reads this to NOT do as I did. Get your mammogram each year. It really is important.

Joy Journal: That wonderful, delicious, chewy oatmeal cranberry cookie I just ate!!


Odd Chick said...

You are so right and I have mine regularly - Sweet of you to remind us all

Shelley said...

I'm going for mine today, and all the other fun female stuff too. Hey, any reason to get off work early is a good one!

I would like to find a clinic that my insurance covers that does thermography instead of the regular mammogram...not because of pain, but supposed to be healthier, less radiation etc.