Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Me & My Boobs

There. I said it.
We go everywhere together.
Like 2 Peas in a Pod.
I've become quite found of them and them of me. It's part of what makes me a girl.
What if, one day, they were gone!?
Replaced by fake chicken cutlet thingys!
Smooshy, little, gel-like thingys.
Oh the Horror!
Even worse, what if Just One was gone!?
Then there'd be the one real and the one fake.
Always one feeling inferior to the other.
How strange would THAT be!
It's a reality I'd rather not face but, one I'm destined to deal with.
The fact is, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at around 36!
That's just a few short years from now!
Logan would be 14 *gasp* & Brynn would be 8!
And Josh 39. Just on the cusp of 40.
So many years ahead of them that they'll need me for.
They may not admit it but they'll need me.
I'll have words of wisdom and inspiration for them and I'll always be their biggest fan!
There through the good and the bad and I Want It All!
Every Stinkin' Minute Of It!
So I'm taking steps.
Precautionary measures to find tell-tale sings that might signal a problem.
When I first mentioned something to my GYNO about wanting to get started with mammograms she sent me to a Dr. Woman.
Upon first meeting she was shocked at my age. Said they'd never had someone as young as me come in. Then she used the word HIGH-RISK over & over again.
I kinda wore the title like a badge of honor while in her care. We questioned whether or not insurance would cover certain things and she'd say,
"Well I really think it's important and I'll appeal it if they don't. I'll write off your office visits if you're not covered cause I wanna follow you."
In some weird way, that kinda made me feel special.
Her first recommendation was BRCA (sounded out like Braca).
A genteic test that shows if I carry a gene for Breat Cancer.
But would I really want to know this? Yeah, I think so. If it came back positive I can take steps to reduce my chances of getting it by 50%.
So yeah, I think I'd rather know and be able to care for it early than turn a blind eye.
If insurance does NOT cover BRCA I am still scheduled for yearly mammograms with every other year doing the Breast Ultrasound.
Dr. Woman feels that having both of these gives you the best overall image of the area.
At the age of 28 I had my first mammogram.
At the age of 29, my first Breat Ultrasound.
Wish Me Luck On My Journey.


Dusty Brown said...

I am glad that you are taking those steps! I have, as well, and it makes me feel a lot better.

Lindsay said...

You TOO! That makes me feel better. Do you have history?

Staples said...

I just saw this post, must have missed it. That is so awesome of you to be proactive. Especially since you are the dreaded "high risk".

I have had a cousin die of cancer and an aunt diagnosed as well. Scares the crap out of me. Supposedly, since they were not directly related to me (i.e. not my mom or grandmother), Im not high risk, but that is still the military insurance talking. I will def. be talking to a doc once we get on "real" insurance.

Lindsay said...

Go for it girl! I say the earlier the better as far as mamograms go. And, honestly, they're not as bad as you would think.

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