(originally posted @ My Really Real Reality)

It's that time again.  Once a year, I get smashed.  If you're female and in my general age range (or older... I don't ask, it's up to you if you want to tell) I encourage you to do it also! 

I'm talking about the yearly mammogram.

My process was simple enough.  Left the house at 8:30am.  Drove to The Breast Center at Hope.  Signed it.  Sat in waiting room for about 3 minutes.  Changed into embarrassing little cape thing.   Got smushed.  Changed back into my own shirt.  Drove home.  Arrived shortly after 9:30.  Just about an hour from start to finish. 

Yes, it's a little uncomfortable.  I'm not going to pretend that I wouldn't much rather be doing dozens of things other than having personal parts of my anatomy squashed in that contraption.  It's not like getting a pedicure!  But, it's once a year.  I can handle that. 
And, yes... I know there has been some controversy lately about the "risks" of mammography.  Namely, false positives leading to further testing and unnecessary procedures as well as the stress and mental anguish  this can cause a woman.  I've thought about this.  And for myself, I feel I would rather be stressed for a short time to find it was nothing than for something to be there and not know about it.
Today in celebration of completing my own mission for health, I am putting the call out:  Don't put it off!  Make the call today to schedule your own mammogram!  Next month (October) is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  What better time to get that gals checked out? 


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