Kids, homework, groceries, dry cleaner, soccer practice, pick up prescription for Mom, project due at work, dog to groomer, make dinner, bath time, fold laundry, schedule a mammogram. Huh? Schedule a mammogram? Oh that’s right, my birthday is coming up! See every year around this time I’m reminded to truly take care of myself!
After I had kids I (my body) fell of the radar. I was so busy taking care of everyone else I forgot to take care of myself. So as a reminder right around my birthday (Nov) I pencil ME in! I make an appointment for a yearly physical and most importantly a mammogram. It’s not something I look forward to but I know it is the best thing I can do for my family.
I need to get mammograms earlier than most women because breast cancer runs in my family. My grandmother Irene died before I was born. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1962 and died a year later at the age of 51. My grandmother was not made aware of early detection back in that day. I really, really wish I had a chance to have known her.
That is why I am so very grateful for the advancement of science and early detection. My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. She caught it early because of her yearly mammogram. She was in stage one, it hadn’t moved into her lymph nodes yet, she had the tumor removed immediately, radiation for 8 weeks and now she takes medication to help keep it from coming back. A mammogram saved her life! My kids will have their grandmother around for long time and maybe someday God willing she will be able to meet her GREAT grandbabies. That is a beautiful gift….LIFE.
So what are you doing for your birthday this year? October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I’m a testament for how life giving mammograms can be. So please make some time for yourself and schedule YOU in!
Here are some great resources to help you get started. Carpe Diem!
|Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Mobile Program
Swedish Mobile Mammography Program
Susan G. Komen of Pugent Sound