Now I know you think I am going to share some wild and crazy thing I did last week, and you would be right. I am going to share. You see I did something many women don’t do and should do every year, which is see to their physical well-being. We make sure the kids get their annual visits in, get them to the dentist and ortho as scheduled, heck even the cats and dogs get more regular care than we give ourselves.
But when was the last time you had a mammogram? When was the last time you took your girls (and you know the pair I am talking about) for a little photo op? If you start hemming and hawing about all the reasons you haven’t, or don’t want to, imagine me giving you a virtual thud in the back of the head and saying “no excuses, girlfriend.” Because there is no excuse for not managing our own basic and essential care. So what was I doing last Thursday? Trooping up to Pill Hill (as it is called in Seattle) and getting my mammogram done, then upstairs for the rest of my “girl parts” inspection. We’ll just call it the Big Squeeze and the Big Peek.
So if you haven’t done your BS/BP in the last 12 months, make those phone calls, get them on your schedule and just do it. And don’t let it slip off your calendar for any reason. Whatsoever. No excuses. This isn’t like the commercial where Sarah Jessica Parker tells you to listen up because her hair color information is very important, this is your life we are talking about.
And I ask you, where would your family be if you weren’t there to care for them? So your continued good health is as important (or more essential) to your family than anything else.
While October is usually the month we all nag each to get this essential appointment done, I’m starting now in hopes that you will all arrive at October 1st with a very big smile, a healthy pair up front, and can say with all honesty, “Mammogram? I had mine my a few months ago.”
It’s so important. A yearly mammogram found my aunt’s breast cancer before it had a chance to do very much. She was so lucky!
But we need women researchers to come up with a less painful and better revealing system. I get one every year, but I don’t have to like it. I’m certain more women would do it if it wasn’t so painful.
I had mine a few months ago. Of course with all the deadlines in 2007, I completely forgot to go in so I was a year late, but I got a stern talking to by the tech. Don’t want that to happen again!
As a survivor (not breast related), I get my exams done every year and I’m not even 40 yet.
I always do mine around my anniversary (of cancer free), November 23rd. This year will mark 13 years.
Yup, did it, done it, do it. No fun, but do it anyway.
Huge congrats on the mention in Romantic Times newsletter I got today–they raved about you and your new book!
An excellent reminder to all of us, Elizabeth. Thanks. I took my girls out in April for the photoshoot. For some reason it has coincided for the last two years with Tax Time. It’s a good reminder to associate it with a holiday… at least for me.