Christina's Pink Thoughts post last week, that I decided to do one more. She bravely shared her experience of having her first mammogram. In the comment section, others were inspired to make an appointment for one as well. That is powerful and profound. She may have saved a life.
You never know what doing one simple thing can do, so I decided to share some more Pink Thoughts with you today. If I can inspire one woman to have that mammogram that she may be putting off. If I can inspire one man to talk to a woman in his life about getting a mammogram, then this little post just may be worth something.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Friday, October 16th is National Mammography Day. According to this website, radiologists provide free or discounted screening mammograms, and women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment.
Unfortunately, breast cancer runs in my family. But there have been many survivors. My mom is a survivor for over twenty years. I've been getting mammograms since I was 35. They aren't fun. I won't lie. And I have found them to be very uncomfortable. I still get very nervous each time. But the best way to beat breast cancer is to prevent it or catch it in the earliest stages. So that's what I try to do. The discomfort is worth it. And I try to do something nice to treat myself after.
Like how about some pink cookies? Or some pink teabags in a pink tea cup? That sounds comforting to me!
*Updated 10/15/09* I'm doing a lot of updating today! In keeping with the spirit of this post, I want to share a blog post that was inspired by this one. This wonderful blogger, dancing doc, shares her story of being a physician and a breast cancer patient and survivor.
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