I have learned a lot about metastatic breast cancer over the last couple of months, and I know that pink ribbons and awareness aren’t everything. However, a mammogram did indeed catch my cancer when it spread to my lymph nodes, and this is a good time to remind anyone who is overdue for a mammogram!
And a replay from last year…
A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
Folks-it is October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am very well aware of breast cancer–stealthy miserable thing snuck up on me 3 years ago. It’s a very quiet kind of menace; just kind of sidles up to you and tries not to be noticed.
One mammogram was all it took to uncover the thing. Just a couple of quick snapshots and bam! A picture really is worth 1000 words. But I added a few words just for good measure:
“On November 19, 2009, about two weeks after my 45th birthday, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, a common form of breast cancer. The first thing that struck me was that Invasive Ductal Carcinoma would make an awesome name for a band. My second thought was that this whole cancer thing was going to get me a lot of attention and sympathy.”
There you go, that’s exactly how it played out. One little mammogram and suddenly I’m receiving gifts, cards, flowers; meeting charming surgeons with British accents. All expense paid retreats to the hospital/resort and spa, time off of work. Puppies, rainbows, unicorns. OK, well maybe not all that, but still.
I love a great picture of myself, and I have never been so grateful as I was for those pictures; they literally saved my life. Make your appointment now! My wish for every woman out there is that she gets her picture taken and it is unremarkable, blah, boring, run-of-the-mill. Nothing special whatsoever. And while you’re at it, a single click a day helps ensure that lots more women have access to mammograms. Set it as your home page and build 2 extra seconds into your day. http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
As long as we’re talking about it, it wouldn’t kill you to browse my breast cancer gift registry at Tiffany’s. I chose a lovely tennis bracelet that no one bothered to get me. It’s never too late…