Mammogram? But I am only 33!

Every December I religiously visit my gynecologist for my annual exam. My last appointment wasn’t anything out of the norm. However, after reviewing my family medical history my doctor suggested that I get a baseline mammogram. Hold up! What? I needed to get a mammogram? But I was only 33! I finished up my appointment and checked out. My mammogram was scheduled for the following week. For an entire week, I fretted over this mammogram. What if something was wrong? I have a husband and two children under the age of 3. I was a nervous wreck!

I arrived at the hospital. The staff at Gordon was wonderful. The radiology technician was warm and friendly. She made me feel at ease; despite being there for a mammogram. It truly was a great experience.

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I checked out again and fretted for another week until my results came in. Everything was normal. What a relief!

Unfortunately, everyone does not get to breathe that sigh of relief. Breast cancer touches the lives of so many women and families.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this Friday, October 16, 2015, is National Mammogram Day. I would encourage all women, to not only have your annual exams, but to be honest with your doctor, build that relationship and discuss those health issues that may be a little uncomfortable.

Michael Marshall said, “You can’t stop being afraid just by pretending everything that scares you isn’t there.”

Go get those mammograms ladies!

For more information on breast cancer please visit the below links.

Susan G. Komen

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Cancer Institute

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