Monday, April 19, 2010

It's all about "The Girls."

This past week I received an interesting email from the Canadian Cancer Society. Too many of us have been touched by this terrible disease. Either personally, our friends or family members.

There are moments when we can do nothing but weep in frustration when we witness the effects of this terrible disease. We encourage, we pray, we walk, we fund raise and we battle.

There is something else we can do and that is BE INFORMED!

Every other year, in my birthday month of May, I have a Mammogram. The boob crusher, call it what ever, I go and have it done. Does it hurt? It is uncomfortable but only for about a minute.

Why bother? About 10 years ago, whilst having my yearly check up the Doctor found a lump. I had done hap hazard breast self exams. I didn't find anything. How many of us think we are impervious? These things happen to "other" people. I was stunned. I had the lump checked out by a specialist. The biopsy reported "a water filled cyst". I opted to have the cyst removed. Day surgery, in and out. I was lucky. Damn lucky. As I am now a member of the "over 50" club I have my mammogram every two years with out fail. I want to encourage you to do the same.

As women, we often tend to put everyone else's needs ahead of our own. You need to take the time to do this for YOU.

The Canadian Cancer Society has kindly provided me with some of these "Thingamaboobs" for my readers. These beads, ranging in size from an apple seed to a cherry tomato, represent the various sizes of lumps and when they are detected. Respond to this blog post, telling me you have booked your appointment for your mammogram AND/OR join the Thingamaboob" group on Facebook and I will gladly contact you and make arrangements to send you your own thingamaboob so you can pass the message on. You can click on the image below to enlarge.

Ladies, we owe it to "THE GIRLS." Lets not fail them now.

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