Hold your breath....okay now breathe....
April 18, 2017 3:50pm CST
Women all over know that mammograms are not the most fun things to do. Growing up, Mom never said much about them except to just go every year. And I did. Sometimes, Mom and I scheduled ours together. I never thought about having it done. I just went and then it was over. And then came the year that a mammogram saved my life. So when I hear any woman, such as my sister-in-law, say she doesn't believe in getting them, I cringe. If I had not been getting my yearly scans, especially the one I got in 2008, I'd be dead today. Thankfully, we caught it very early and we got rid of it all quickly and pretty painlessly. And so, I make sure I get my scan every year and no matter what the tech needs me to do in order to see every thing they need to see, I do it. I hold my breath as long as they need me to. I become a statue and don't move anything. And while I'm holding my breath, I'm saying a prayer. Not just for me, but all the women who have these done. We're all united in this. Hopefully, I'll be so busy in the next few days and/or weeks that I won't be holding my breath more for the results! The tech told me that I can breathe now, and so I shall. If you're of an age where your doctor wants you to have a mammogram, I hope and pray that you do. I want your life to be saved, as well. Claudia
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Even when my mother was in her 90s, they still encouraged her to get them. Of course, by that age, she told me that if they found anything, she wouldn't get the surgery or treatment, so why bother. And I completely understood her feelings on that.
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My next-door-neighbor had stage zero cancer removed thanks to a mammogram. They're painful (I had mine last week) but life-savers for certain. I shout from the hilltops about them and colonoscopies (there's a history of colon cancer in my family). In the case of a colonoscopy, the worst thing is the prep (lemon jello and a gallon of goop ), but it's one of the most easily-treated forms of cancer if caught early. That's worth the day of discomfort.