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An appointment I don’t like to make – my annual mammogram

Get your annual mammogram

I kept telling myself I would call tomorrow to make my appointment for my mammogram. And now it has been eight months. I didn’t want to think about it.

I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

I called yesterday to make an appointment.

‘When can you come in? Do you prefer morning or afternoon? Can you walk unassisted? Do you feel any lumps? Is there any discharge?”

“Anytime is fine. It doesn’t matter. Yes. No. No.”

“How about tomorrow at 10?”

I wouldn’t have called yesterday. I would have put it off again.

I found a lump in my left breast after feeling a strange pulsing sensation. I was home. I was washing some dishes. I was alone. It was there I felt it for the first time. I had always been faithfully getting my annual screenings until my life had become very busy, too busy. And I neglected getting this annual screening for two plus years… Don’t neglect these annual exams. Please go faithfully.

Heidi Lee – Breast cancer survivor

My appointment was at 1o today. They took two digital images of each breast. One from overhead and one from the side. It wasn’t painful. I wore a cotton gown that opened in the front.

The procedure only took a few minutes.

A few minutes that could save my life. And yours.

Don’t neglect your annual mammogram.

Will you call today?

Additional Resources

The Mayo Clinic guidelines for when to begin screening for Breast Cancer.

The Mayo Clinic – Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

Breast Self-Exam Instructions to Check Your Boobies 

Susan G. Koman Blog

 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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