In early March when the COVID shutdown started, I really just wanted the time to pass quickly. The longer it lasted the more quickly I wanted it to just be over. And, now that it actually has gone super fast, we are already smack dab in the middle of the fall season in Wyoming. I will add that the 80 degree days have been making it bearable. As the leaves change, so will the blog, and this platform, through the topics we talk about. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share the stories of a couple of people that I know that have fought a battle of their own.
This year I hit a milestone that, if you are lucky enough, every one hits, eventually. I turned 40. SH! Not so loud. I am actually feeling better about turning 40 than I did about turning 30. I think it has something to do with the fact that now, I can look back and see things- accomplishments. Then, it was just a little too early. I still had stuff to do. Don’t get me wrong, I still have stuff to do. I am much happier at this stage. This one, though. When a woman turns 40 there is a new doctor appointment that must, should, no MUST be done. A mammogram. A boob-squishin. A smashing good time. Part of me was intrigued by what all the fuss was about. The other part; well I was just ready to get it over with, hear the results, and decide what was next.
Prior to last year, it didn’t seem like a big deal. It didn’t seem like a big deal and I didn’t understand when I heard other women talk about it. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t just make the appointment. I didn’t understand what they were scared of. I didn’t understand why they would go so long in between scans. It has become painfully obvious to me, that I am very square. I am a rule follower. Maybe that is part of the confusion- when the doctor says to go in every year; I do it. I didn’t have the experience to make those justifications on my own. And, now that know and I am on the other side of it, IT REALLY ISN’T A BIG DEAL. Catching something early is a big deal.
In case you are wondering, my scans were clean. There was a small amount of breath holding- but no different than the yearly exam. And, after my mom’s diagnoses, I’m not gonna lie, there was some anxiety and what if’s. Thank goodness they are quick to get results back and all was well. Until next year, my little friend. 😉
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