Happy Birthday to me!
I turned 35 this weekend, and as the duty of a halfway-to-40 woman, I had my first mammogram this morning. And I promised the technician that I would not go and tell all my friends how horrible it was.
I felt a little bit like a contortionist (“lean this way, step back, put your arm here, roll your shoulder back slowly…”), but seriously, it wasn’t painful. Slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. (Someone tell me, if you’re bigger than a 32B – like that’s hard to be! – is it painful?) Even if it were painful, it’s still too important to put off. And the modesty thing? Oh, come on. If you have birthed a child, all modesty went out the window a long time ago! (especially if you birthed at a teaching hospital)
If you are my age and haven’t done it yet, DO IT. I’ve mentioned before my high school friend, Donna, who is a 2 year survivor of breast cancer. Yes, I said high school. Do the math – she was in her early 30s when she was diagnosed. No family history of breast cancer. Go see her at www.caringbridge.com, site name “prayfordonna”. She is an amazingly courageous, faith-filled, beautiful woman, wife & mom.
So get off your computer and call your doctor! Seriously. Do it today.