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Love mail

8 Oct

Pink Ink…


It’s the 2nd Mammogram Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Have you scheduled your mammogram yet?  Have you asked your mom or sister or BFF when was the last time they got a mammogram? Here’s another question….

Have you ever actually seen your mammogram films?

Ladies, it’s not enough to get a mammogram, and then breathe a sigh of relief when you get the call that everything is fine.

Tip: Ask to see you films at your next appointment.  You have the right to see your films.  Do not be embarrassed.  Ask your doctor to explain what you are looking at, and what they look for!  Looking at your films is part of knowing your body, and knowing what is “normal” for you.

Fact: The breasts are flattened during a mammogram in an effort to get a better picture of the breast.  It helps reduce the number of x-rays taken.  Remember, you can ask the tech to EASE the pressure if it feels too uncomfortable.

“Do something” tip of the day!

Imagine getting a mammogram, and then getting the call that you have breast cancer.  Well, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer approximately every 69 seconds!  Their life is forever changed.  You may not know someone who has been recently diagnosed. Lucky you! But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something!

Thanks to the ladies at Effie’s Paper (effiespaper.com), I was introduced to Girls Love Mail.  This organization collects hand written letters of support and delivers them to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients!  What a great idea!  I immediately signed up for a monthly reminder to write a quick note.

Letters collected from friends this weekend

Get a card, and some stationery and write a note of support.  Not sure what to say?  Speak from the heart?  What would make you smile if you were in the Cancer Lane? I kept every letter, note, or card that I received.  When I feel low, I take a few out and read them.  It only takes 5 minutes to jot something down.  Take those words of support and drop them off at your local hospital’s oncology department or Susan G. Komen affiliate, or visit girlslovemail.com.  I guarantee you that you will make someone smile, and feel good about it!

Need something effective to do this month? There it is!

Remember, we all…love mail!

It’s Mammo Monday

24 Sep

Pink Ink…

I got my 1st mammogram a few years ago when I turned 40.  Honestly, I didn’t think much about it.  I heard it hurt.  Some people use that as an excuse not to get them!  But frankly, after nursing for 13 months, I figured, how bad could it really hurt?  I always say each person’s journey is unique.  This was no different. The appointment came and went without incidence.  In fact, what I remember is looking around the waiting room and seeing all the scared faces.  I have had a few mammos since then, and that has not changed.  Sometimes the fear of the mammo itself can create its own anxiety.  I have also have met so many who don’t really understand what mammos are or do.

Last year only 53% of American women over 40 had a mammogram.  Unacceptable! So today, the quick and dirty.

  • Mammograms, or as I like to say “mammos” are a non-invasive type of x-ray, used to help detect breast cancer at an early stage.
  • The best thing about mammos is that they can often detect tumors before they can be felt through self or clinical exam.
  • The exposure to radiation is minimal.  It’s like getting your teeth or chest x-rayed.
  • You can ALWAYS tell the tech to EASE the pressure.  Don’t be scared to speak up!
  • While they ARE the most powerful tool in the detection of breast cancer, they cannot be done in a vacuum! Don’t forget monthly self-breast exams and yearly clinical exams!
    • A clear mammo doesn’t mean you are IN the clear.  I found my lump only months after a clear mammo.  It was the size of a water bottle cap.
  • It is STILL recommended that women over 40 get mammos ever year or 2.  If you have a family history of breast cancer talk to your health care provider about getting them sooner.
  • Ask questions! If you don’t understand what they are looking for, or what the results say, SAY SOMETHING.  Remember, there is no “dumb question”.
  • Finally, there are places that provide free or low cost mammos to undiagnosed women. Call your local health department or local Susan G. Komen™ affiliate for more information!

A few minutes of pressure can save your life!

Remember, mammograms can save your life! Schedule yours today!

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