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!