Sunday, November 14, 2010

Give me an M!


M is for MAMMOGRAM!


This post was meant for last month. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I decided to go in and have my first mammogram. 

A little over a year ago my beloved Tia Ana was diagnosed with breast cancer. 



Thankfully she was able to get the cancer removed and she has been cancer free for a year now. When I got her email with the news I was stunned. I was scared. All I could think of was my friend's mom who died of breast cancer when we were 14. Her battle was long and horrific. Watching my own mother in law battle her cancer has been so so hard. I just couldn't imagine another loved one going through it. We fasted. We prayed. Her life has been preserved.

So because of my tia's cancer, oh and the fact that I am now 35, my doctor decided that it was time for me to get a mammogram. I'm not sure why, but I was a little nervous. I lightened the mood by documenting this momentous event for my Tia Ana and for all of you. (Don't worry their are no scandalous photos...


The machine looked a little intimidating. While the technician got the computer ready I just kept looking at the machine trying to figure out how it was going to hurt me. The technician was very professional and she made a very uncomfortable situation seem like no big deal. 


At one point I got a little emotional. I started thinking of all the women who have come in for this routine visit with not a care in the world, just to find out that their lives were about to change forever. I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30, this year she will be four years cancer free. I thought of her and all the other amazing, courageous women who have literally fought for their lives. All of the sudden I felt so grateful for that machine and the modern medicine that has saved so many lives and given the gift of time to so many people. 

Thankfully my results came back free and clear but I will be back for another round of smashing and pulling next year just to make sure my bumps don't have lumps!

8 comments:

calibosmom said...

Good job! I need to do this soon. You know, I was hopin' for a little more skin...

Rochelleht said...

Ugh, those hurt. Especially when you don't have anything to squish. They still find something. Amazing.

Happy Birthday. Looks like it was a blast!! LOVE birthdays.

Natalie said...

who was taking the pictures? did you use the timer:)? love it! Love this whole post. My mom is getting her mammogram today. (I'm sure she is thrilled with me putting that on the world wide web.) Way to go Jessica! I bet you can't wait for next year;). love to you!!

Jean McKendrick said...

Um yah, I need to get one (or so they say so they can get a baseline for when I'm older). I've been too freaked out though. Way to go for being brave!

Lauren in GA said...

I just turned 40 in June and last week I had my first mammogram. I was really nervous.

How wonderful that your Tia Ana is okay. ☺

You look beautiful in that first picture!! I had to giggle at the lady behind you looking at the camera, too.

Mrs Ana said...

You're never too young so, I'm proud of you! I'm grateful for that blasted machine it saved my life! Love you!

just the five of us said...

I so agree with the Mammograms. I plan to walk the Susan J. Coleman 3 day walk someday. Want to walk with me?? It would be fun to catch up on life.

I still would do the amazing race with you. (:

Elena said...

I'm so glad you went and that your result was negativo. Who knows, but some lady will get brave after seeing your post. You might save a life. Although I'm sore for days, I go faithfully every year. A few years ago, they found something suspicious so I had to go 2x a year. :( Thankfully, It has now "disappeared" so everything is alright. I'm still apprehensive about going, but if it will keep the dreaded "C" word away, then it's well worth the peace of mind.