Oh my is right! My time has come to get a mammogram and boy was I nervous. Jen had hers done almost a year ago, she posts HERE and HERE. Generally you wait until your 40, but since I have a family history of breast cancer it’s recommended to start early. I was suppose to start when I was 35, but I’ve been pregnant and nursing since then. My nursing journey ended this past January and the doc gave me the order to a mammo by the end of the summer.
Six months comes along and the imaging scheduler called me to make my appointment. Ok, I said to myself, let’s get this done. See, my Aunt on my mom’s side passed away from breast cancer. She was one of my most favorite people. We’re both gingers and we have other related similarities. She was such an amazing person and I remember spending so many holidays and summers with her and my cousins. She had four boys and I was the only girl! I also have two brothers so fun times.
I remember when she was sick, but I didn’t understand it at the time. My last memory was celebrating my birthday at her house. She came out in a wheelchair and she had short hair. Again, I didn’t know what was going on but I knew something wasn’t right. Not too long after, she passed away. I’ll never forget that day. I lost one of my best friends that day.
Funny, I haven’t thought about that moment for the longest time. It all came back to me as soon as the doctor said it was my time to get a mammo. I knew how important it was especially now since I have a family of my own. Back then, we didn’t have all the knowledge, technology and treatments we have today. So catching it early is something that can generally be done. Just think of all the people you know that have had breast cancer, and you’ve seen them go through that journey and make it to the end, cancer free. It’s amazing what can be done today.
So, I made my appointment. Luckily they could get me in two days later. I was glad because I didn’t want to have to stress about it for weeks! It was at 6:45 am on a Friday. Good way to start a Friday, right?! I stopped for coffee on my way in, got to The University of Kansas Health System at their Indian Creek Location (which is BEAUTIFUL and they were all super nice). While I was sitting in the car, I started to think about what outcome could be and I had to stop myself. I took a deep breath and walked in. Make sure to read Jen’s prep tips for your mammo appt HERE.
The exam itself was quick. Yeah it was uncomfortable as they say, but if you have nursed I feel like it’s nothing. Since I am smaller chested, they had to get me in a few more positions which wasn’t super fun but not terrible. And that was it, about 15 minutes and done!
Once I got to the car, it all hit me. All the emotions and thoughts of potential outcomes. I had to stop myself and realize, what will happen will happen and we’ll deal with it when the time comes. Until then, I can’t change anything. Good news, I was cleared and the girls look good! Next year I’ll do it all over again.
I know it’s scary especially if you’ve seen people go through any type of illness or cancer. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to have your screenings done. It’s a brief moment out of your life that can give you many more back. Breast cancer awareness month is next month so get your appointments scheduled!