The annual gynecological exam. That one day of the year when poking, prodding, and touching in the nude reaches an all time high of awkward.
But, it must be done.
This year my gyno threw in a little something extra. She told me I was now at the age where a mammogram is recommended.
Very sarcastic YAAAY!
I finally get to have the mammies grammied experience. If I allow my imagination to run away with the descriptions provided by my predecessor grammers, I am certain that I will be walking away from this event with football shaped pancakes.
But, it must be done.
The thought of even the slightest possibility of being diagnosed with cancer is beyond frightening.
I salute every fighter and survivor in the world. You guys are simply amazing.
The Susan G. Kormen Foundation is estimating that an average of 252,710 American women will get breast cancer this year. Although not as common, men are also susceptible to breast cancer with 470 estimated to be diagnosed this year.
I have seen the beast come out of breast cancer. My aunt fought, silently but vigilantly for years. An old school mate-my GOD- she fought with style, grace and eternal beauty! If breast cancer wrote a book, she would be listed in the chapter titled SHIT-FOR PETE’S SAKE! Believe me when I tell you, she was that amazing! They both were and they are truly missed!
A good friend of mine has recently undergone a double mastectomy. We have so much to celebrate on her win!
If given the choice I would choose that uncomfortable poking, prodding, and touching any day and every day over having to live with the diagnosis of breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter. That’s why it’s important to learn your body, know your body, and listen to your body.
More than 40,610 women and 410 men will die as a result of breast cancer this year alone.
Breast cancer does not follow a social platform and does not discriminate by race, ethnicity, religion, or age although some people may be at a higher risk to get it; especially those with, family history, obesity, and alcohol abuse. For more information on breast cancer risk factors click here.
STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME
Learn your body. You spend time with your body 24 hours/7 days per week. That’s a committed relationship. You should spend a significant amount of time learning where everything is, why it’s there and what purpose it serves.
Know your body. After you learn your body, you’ll know when something is amiss. Monthly breast exams can help with the detection of any lumps or distortions. If you are not sure of the correct way to examine your breasts, here’s some more information.
Your body speaks. Your body has different ways of telling you something is wrong. If you’re someone like me who has a very high pain tolerance and an even higher dislike for going to the doctor then you definitely need to listen, closely, when your body speaks.
We are so very good at conditioning ourselves to ignore the pains, cricks and creeks that surface from time to time that, sometimes we ignore issues that are actually serious and we cause our own delay in getting the help that we need. STOP THAT!!!
Signs and symptoms can differ from one person to another and are not limited to those listed above so when in doubt, check it out!
So, yes, in a couple of weeks I will be pancake Penny but I heart my boobies so it must be done!!
Don’t forget to get your annual poke and prod and, if it’s your time, mash ’em up!