Sunday, October 30, 2011

Project Pink 1st Mammogram

Hello Fashion Friends, I am so honored to be a part of Project Pink.

I am fortunate that I do not have a family history of breast cancer. However, that being said I know that I still must be PROACTIVE in checking for it. My mom found a lump during the time I was engaged and planning my wedding. She didn't tell me, because she didn't want me to worry. I can't imagine what it must be like knowing that there is a lump in your breast and having to wait for what must seem like an eternity to know if you have cancer. She had surgery and the lump was removed. She was very happy to find that it was benign. She didn't tell me until she knew that she was going to be ok.

I turned 35 years old this year. At my annual exam my gynecologist told me that at age 35 she recommends that her patients get a base line mammogram.

What?! I am 35. I have to get a mammogram? I didn't know that I was at that "age" where I needed to have one. It's so they have something to compare to in the future. I scheduled my mammogram without hesitation.

My insurance doesn't cover it, so I will pay out of pocket the full amount of the test. I know that it's important and it's what I need to do to again be PROACTIVE in staying healthy for myself, my husband, and my 3 girls.

The day after I scheduled my mammogram I saw on TV where one of my favorite tv hosts on the E network was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 and was having surgery just 2 days later. She's a beautiful, healthy, and active young woman. It was a reminder that everyone is at risk. She found it very early because she was PROACTIVE in taking care of herself. So, this week I'll be going for my very first mammogram. I am grateful for the month of October and the reminder for us as women to care for ourselves. Sometimes as women we put ourselves pretty far down on the to do list. I pray that this time you'll put yourself first. Whether, you're 35 like me and need a base-line mammogram, or 65 and it's time to go again, or, if you're younger make sure you're doing your own self-exams.


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  1. Geesh! Nobody told me I needed one at 35! I'm going to be 40 in January and I've never had one. I'll be calling my doctor in the morning. That's scary about your mom.

  2. Great reminder-now go get squished! :)

  3. 35? I just turned 34 and I thought I was at least 6 years from having to get a mammogram. Thank you for the head's up! I'd rather caution on the side of safetly.