Today, October 16th, 2009 is National Mammography Day to find a clinic near you go to nbcam.org
Smashogram, that’s what my mom always called mammograms. She’d pretty much convinced me they were some type of horrible medieval torture. Then this past spring I had my first one.
Here’s your TMI (too much information) warning, if you don’t want to hear it…run now. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.
One day I found that I had a questionable nipple discharge and called my Dr. I was honestly torn between wanting to be told, it was nothing to worry about but, also not wanting them to blow it off given my family history. They told me that I needed to come in and be seen. After seeing the Dr. she told me that while she was really feeling it would be nothing, that it was something that needed to be checked and a mammogram was scheduled. Then, I began to be nervous. I worried about the possibilities of what they could find AND about the test itself.
The morning of the mammogram I really thought I would throw up before I got there. So I get there and check in,they call my name and take me back to a locker room and give me a locker for my stuff and a lovely hospital robe. Once in my robe, I go to another waiting room with many other women wearing our beautiful hospital robe tops. From there, my name is called again. A super sweet nurse brought me back to the dreaded contraptions. It took probably about 20 minutes and I’m not even going to lie, it wasn’t fun. It didn’t feel GOOD. I would NOT choose to have one as a form of relaxation. But, it was not anything to be truly fearful of. I’d rather get a mammogram than go to the dentist ANYDAY.
Afterward, I was told to wait in the room as the radiologist is on location and reads them right away. After a little waiting the nurse came back and told me that while they didn’t see anything that they were worried about they wanted me to have an ultrasound. After a few more minutes of waiting I was taken in for an ultrasound. As I lay there exposed to both the tech and the radiologist I will admit it wasn’t my ideal afternoon but after delivering three children I have little modesty left.
After the ultrasound I was told that while they still couldn’t see anything, they also didn’t see a reason for the discharge and wanted to do just one more test before deciding that there was nothing to be concerned about. When they told me I would need a ductogram I didn’t think much about it. I’d never heard of it. Then I was taken to a scheduling nurse to make appointment for it. SHE made me nervous…VERY nervous.
For a ductogram, they use a small needle to inject dye through the nipple into the ducts and then do a mammogram. Did just reading that make you squirm a little? Because it did me. If I thought I was sick to my stomach the morning of the mammogram, it was nothing compared to the morning of the ductogram. I did NOT sleep well the night before and I was sooo nauseous that whole morning. I’ll even be honest and say I came up with a million reasons to call and cancel the appointment. But I went. And you know what, I lived through it. I know you’re shocked, right? It was uncomfortable and kind of made me stomach church to watch but it finally came up with an answer. That made it more than worth it. It WAS nothing to worry about. But better than just a “eh we don’t see anything” it gave me a reason and some SERIOUS peace of mind. And THAT was worth all the minor discomfort, pulling prodding and poking I endured.
If you have been putting off getting your first, or fifth, or tenth, mammogram, STOP! Pick up for the phone today and make an appointment. Sure you’re busy. And I know it’s not nearly as fun as say having lunch with a friend. But this slightly uncomfortable and yeah a little embarrassing test could mean that you’ll be around to have many MORE lunches with friends.
If you’re not sure if it’s time for your first, check out the information below courtesy of Susan G Komen website.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:
1. Know your risk
- Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
- Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer
2. Get screened
- Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40
3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Add exercise into your routine
- Limit alcohol intake
Post by Lisa Noel
Yes, those are mine
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