A GOOD reason to get a mammogram.

October 20th, 2009 at 11:32 am by under Uncategorized
Her name is Laurie and she lives on the Lakeshore.. And she has breast cancer.
I met her and her family while I was waiting for my car at Bellin Hospital.
I had just gotten my very first mammogram.
I almost felt guilty for having my “you’re okay!” note in my hand.

The whole ordeal was pretty uneventful.. Until I met Laurie.

She was wearing a pink hat to cover the fact that she had lost her hair.

But what was most memorable about meeting her was her positive attitude.

She told me (in the 4 minutes or so that we talked) that she had originally gone in for a colonoscopy. (If I remember correctly, it was because a family member had been diagnosed with colon cancer.)

After the all clear on the colonoscopy.. Her docs suggested while she was there she should have a mammogram.

And that’s when they found the breast cancer.

Laurie looks like she’s my age. Her kids are older.. Maybe in middle and high school. But my age!

That’s when it hit me .. How lucky I was to have that piece of good news in my hand.

But it was lucky for her, too, that her doctor urged her to get that mammogram.

It actually took me a year to finally do it. My doctor’s office kept calling to remind me and I kept putting it off. I don’t know what I was worried about. I was in and out of there in about 20 minutes. And it DID NOT HURT. I repeat.. DID NOT HURT. Maybe it’s because I breast fed my children.. but it was a piece of cake.

So here’s my October is Breast Cancer Awareness message for you. GET A MAMMOGRAM.

Laurie did.. And it saved her life.

3 Responses to “A GOOD reason to get a mammogram.”

  1. Judy says:

    I agree for some women a mammogram is good. However telling them it doesn’t hurt is a lie. I have had several of them and every one of them has hurt. As I have gotten older they hurt even more. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and childbirth is a piece of cake compared to a mammogram

  2. Sandy K says:

    On a whim, I got my 1st mammogram on Dec 23 of 2009 and the results came back positive for DCIS a “not yet”-invasive cancer. I had surgery on Jan 19th of this year and start radiation treatments on 2-15-10. During the rounds of testing which included SEVERAL mammograms, each one I had DID NOT HURT!!!! Uncomfortable yes, but no pain! To say that Rachel is lying is a juvenile and uneducated remark. We should all know that not all women are the same and for some the comfort level can vary to great degrees, however trust me, the surgery hurts alot worse than a mammogram could!!! The earlier we catch the cancer the less treatments we have to go through. Go get tested girls, early detection will save your life!

    1. Lelouch says:

      You may have not ietnednd to do so, but I think you have managed to express the state of mind that a lot of people are in. The sense of wanting to help, but not knowing how or where, is something a lot of us are going through.

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