It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’re almost halfway through October, and it’s time for a PSA. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a woman over age 40, PLEASE make sure you get an annual mammogram. I know, I know – there are conflicting opinions about whether it’s worth it because statistically the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer if they have no risk factors doesn’t justify it.

Well, you’re looking at one who WAS diagnosed, at age 48, with no risk factors. So remember those three books in increasing order of thickness: “Lies”, “Damned Lies” and “Statistics”. Please, get an annual mammogram.

A dear friend asked me to send her links to my blog posts during chemo, for a friend of hers who is going through it right now. I fervently hope that none of my readers ever have to endure it, but if you do, maybe my experiences can help some:

Cancer, Chemo, and What I Wore

Cancer, Chemo, and What I Wore Part 2

Cancer, Chemo, and What I Wore Part 3

Cancer, Chemo, and What I Wore Part 4

After all was said and done, hopefully forever, I donated all my wigs back to the hospital for folks who need them and can’t afford them. Actually, not all. I still have the pink wig and I keep it as a talisman. I can’t say it enough – please get an annual mammogram if you are a woman over 40. They save lives. I know.

Stay healthy, and happy sewing
Ann

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4 thoughts on “It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. :Hugs: So glad you fought and made it through!

    I found a lump earlier this year and immediately scheduled and listened to no nonsense about 37 being “too young”. I will not sleep at night until I know.

    They are so totally necessary and I will be a faithful mammogram-getter.

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more! My own cancer was found during a routine mammogram. Mammograms save lives, people! Make it a priority.

  3. I am thirty and was just diagnosed stage one earlier this week. If I waited til I was 40 I may be dead. I don’t mean to be cruel or harp on things you’ve said but in my opinion we should all get checks frequently no matter what the age or risk. Had I not been so self aware I would not have noticed. As it was it took me a year to realize something was wrong. My partners father also died of cancer earlier than his earliest recommendation for prostate cancer could happen. He never made it to the “minimum age”. So i agree with you wholeheartedly. I don’t understand anyone who says its not worth it. Knowing you don’t have cancer is always worth it.

    1. Splithoof, I’m so sorry to hear this. I (and I’m sure all my readers) am sending good thoughts and prayers in your direction.
      Hugs,
      Ann

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