The technician stepped behind the wall, checking my mammogram on the screen for a THIRD time. She paused, then smiled sympathetically and asked me to have a seat. The doctor would need to speak to me.
Before that moment, I thought I’d been aware of Breast Cancer. Who could miss the pink ribbons, designed to keep it in the forefront of our minds, right? From the Empire State building to the NFL gridiron, come October the nation seems to be awash in a whole new hue. Yet, with those ominous words – “The doctor will need to speak with you” – that awareness plunged into my gut and became so much more than “pink” for me. Now, as for countless others, those little pink ribbons mean fear.
With a good doctor, a thorough treatment plan and a whole lot of determination, the journey that started with fear is often replaced with a sense of empowerment. But, initially – it packs a wallop!
Beyond the pink, we share one journey, with many paths.
I’ve been on many paths in this journey.
In 2006 my Aunt Paula lost her battle with breast cancer. She was the best combination of quick wit and dry humor. A globetrotting adventurer, who found her anchor sitting at the family table celebrating milestones, holidays and the random Tuesday night. Her smile was infectious, her sweet potato casserole – legendary. Saying goodbye to her was a path I never wanted to take.
I’d reach a new road on the journey years later. During an annual exam a while back my doctor found an “odd area” in one of my breasts. Mammograms, sonograms, biopsies … OH MY!
My path was much different from Aunt Paula’s. I’m cancer free. But having a great team – like the one at Saint Agnes Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center – made all the difference in my little detour.
The team at Saint Agnes would like to remind you to take care of yourself. Do regular self-breast exams, make and keep your annual appointment with your doctor! In that spirit they are sponsoring the giveaway of a Vitamix blender system so that you can whip up lots tasty and healthy treats – and enjoy the moments in your journey, whatever it may be.
Vitamix 5200 Series (product info here) valued at $449.