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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

iPhone-o-Gram! Think Pink!

There was one more appointment that was waiting for me today.

My yearly mammogram!

It's so important--and if I can make time for this so can you!!

These flowers were on the table in the waiting room. Aren't they pretty?

My own "flowers" however, are feeling a lil bit squashed!! Lol

And every time I get a mammo I'm holding my friend Mary Kay in my heart. She died of breast cancer about 6 years ago. I miss her! I'm doing this because she would want me to!

22 comments:

Coloradolady said...

I need to do that too. There is always a fear that wells up when I think about making that appointment. Even though I know it will be a sigh of relief when I am done. Thanks for the reminder!

Jacqueline said...

Good for you Bonnie!! We have to take care of ourselves. Yearly mammograms and paps are so important. We should reward ourselves after our appointments by stopping at the flower shop and the quilt shop on the way home. Because we ARE worth it!!!

Anonymous said...

You can probably hear your friend whispering louder and louder in your ear- get your mammogram! As a 5 year survivor, I know how important they are as well as self-exam. So even though it hurts, keep it up!!!!

barnes2676@sbcglobal.net

Leslie said...

Got my yearly on Monday. My sister is a 8 year breast cancer survivor. If I don't do it, she'll remind me.

elively said...

Thanks for the reminder! Even though DH says I get grumpy that day we are both happy when it is over.I really like the idea of a stop at the quilt shop on the way home. We deserve it!

Kelly said...

My doctor's office used to give every woman a rose after her mammogram. A few years ago, when I walked out to the waiting room with my rose, a man chuckled and said, "How come the women all get roses?" I just smiled and said, "We've earned them."

Mary Ellen said...

Mary Kay is smiling down on you.I am a 15 year breast cancer survivor. Mammograms are important. Mine was found at 1 cm. and was stage I, which is why I am here today. The pathology of the tumor was that it was fast-growing and aggressive,doubling in size every 60-90 days. For those of you that are afraid of a mammogram, think of me and what would have happened had I put off that mammogram for even a few months.

Faith Kayajian said...

Got mine done earlier in the month - Just got the results and all is good. Thankfully my mother and 3 sisters are all clear so far. Hooray for the survivors!

judy crumpler said...

Good job done.

Genevieve said...

Bonnie, I so second you on getting a yearly mammogram each year. I am 41 and at this last mammo, a lump was found. It was caught early and I only have had to deal with radiation. I am in my last week of radiation. Its a tough journey if your diagnosed, the key is catching it early! If I hadnt hand my mammograph, this could have turned out much worse down the road.

Jean Belle said...

Yearly mammograms are so important not only for us, but for our daughters. I had breast lumps found and removed when I was 20, 23 and 25 years old. Fortunately all were fibroids and not cancer, but.... don't think just because a woman is under 30 or 40 that they don't need those regular exams. Thanks for spreading the message Bonnie!

Suzy said...

Me me me! I would join you in a heartbeat! I'm still remembering the fun we had on our Caribbean cruise last July! Suzy in Melbourne, FL

Carolyn Edwards said...

absolutely to nc retreat.
carolyn in nc
leaves are starting to turn in mts on parkway

Mavis said...

I schedule mine on my birthday. That way I know exactly when it's due and it's my gift to myself.

Anonymous said...

Perfect timing! We have a program here called Every Woman Counts. I stopped by today to see if I was eligible as I have no insurance and yep, I am. Had my pap today and got the referral for the mamo. I will call tomorrow for an appointment. Sending positive thoughts your way and to the other ladies that mentioned they were survivors :o}
Krista in Ca.
quiltingkoala(at)ymail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hi

I am getting my first one next week on Friday - two years later than I probably should have, we get them two yearly free here in NZ if you are 45 and over. I am NOT looking forward to it...............

Helen

Nola G said...

Just got home after getting mine done and read your post. Free here in Aus too, every 2 years.

Suze said...

Looks as if many of your commenters are breast cancer survivors as am I. My first mammogram was painful and the tech was rude, rude, rude! I was bruised. Then I had a breast reduction and a new baseline. Then I didn't have a mammogram again for years - like 9 years. I had so mamy other issues, that the doctor and I just let it slip and I had my hysterectomy when I was 28. I had been divorced and was traveling to work, trying to keep the status quo for my children. I knew I wasn't feeling good, but... Finally, all the contract work came to an end and I had time to really go to the doctor again in town. I thought he was going to tell me that I had diabetes, since it runs to rampant in both sides of my familly. I had discovered a lump when I was on a trip for school - oh yeah, I was trying to work on a doctorate at the same time, too! The gal I was rooming with told me it was probably a fibromyalgia knot - her mom gets them and they are nothing to worry about, so I blew it off. When I was at the doctor I happen to mention the lump that was basically on my side it was so far back. It was just at the edge of my breast. He thought it was scar tissue from the reduction. No, he didn't think so. I knew him well enough to know from the tone of his voice. He told me to go for a mamogram and a biopsy. He was sending me to the best in the state. The next Friday I had both. Monday morning I was awaken at 7:30 AM to tell me that I had breast cancer and I needed to make an appointment with a general surgeon. From there to the oncologist - I was stage 2+ and 8 out of 10 lymph nodes were involved. Six weeks later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia on my second trip to the rheumatologist - usually it takes years. That's how much history had already been established toward it with my regular doctor. Before I could get treatment started, I had pancreatitis. The doctor was more concerned about that than the cancer. Now always ten years after the onset, I'm still on anti-estrogen medication because I'm high risk of recurrence. Jesus is the great physician. Every year I gladly go for my mammogram and every six months, I gladly go to the oncologist for blood work and a checkup. Fibromyalgia won't kill you, sometimes you just wish it would. There is no cure for it to go into real remission. You just have better days. I know you miss your friend. The good news is that strides are being made every year in the fight. I would not have had much of a chance several years ago. My oncologist was aggressive and I never asked my odds and he didn't tell me - I just had faith that I would be perfectly healed - one way or the other! Thank you for all you do to help put a smile on our faces each day. I recently read about the bow tie/cheddar "challenge". I have been wanting to make a quilt with cheddar and this just may be the answer for that. I think aqua would also be a lovely choice, it seems to go with many fabrics, too! I was pleasntly surprised at how little fabric scraps a block required. Thank you for sharing with fellow quilters and also spreading the word of the importance of mammos. Maybe you need to design a quilt in memory of Mary Kay. I miss my mom and since her death I've come to terms that she wasn't as good a mom as I thought she was - lots of baggage associated with that.

Sharon said...

I got mine done a couple of months ago. Clear! Celebrate!

cityquilter grace said...

explore your mountains! do self-exam every month...

mkhquilts said...

I'm due in January-Very happy to see so many doing it every year!

Susan Torrens said...

In my province, Ontario, every woman over 50 gets a mammogram every two years. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, this can be started earlier and/or more often. I wish this was readily available at little or no cost,to women everywhere!