It has been over 14 years since my sister LeAnn was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought, won a 5 year reprieve and then lost a few years after that. She died in 2003 at the age of 44. I will download a pic of her soon and for those who didn't know her will realize the great loss she was. When my mom had a fight with breast cancer about 18 months ago, that was what threw me over the edge of fear. It's not a matter of IF I will get breast cancer, but when. Because of that and the fear I carried, I have really taken a proactive approach and my fear is all but gone. When I get it, the odds that it will be early and treatable are high!
SO, for the last 12 years I've been schlepping myself to St. Marks women's center for a little grope and press. The same lady has been giving me my physical exam. At what point do I take her a small gift or thank you card?? Although, this year I think she is loosing her appreciation. It's the first time she didn't compliment how real my implants feel! The shame!
I don't mind it and I make the summer my time to get all those appointments out of the way that help to detect cancer early. I feel so much more in control!
This is a pic of my special bracelet I get to identify me and I'm reaching for what they call the "cape". I personally liked the little robes better but I guess in this time of recession they feel the need to use less fabric. This way you can wear it like a cape during the actual test. It's hot.
Unfortunately, a young nurse in our unit was diagnosed with Melanoma and it had spread. She had two surgeries and is now going through chemo. I thought the reminder was a great time to get a total mole check and get some moles off that were considerably irritated.
I had to take pics to send to Matt and my friend Jen Q.
Thumbs up for wearing a hospital gown! I had to keep the socks on, without them I feel NEKKID!!