Just 9 short days ago, I was diagnosed with the “C” word. And, suddenly, my focus has flipped from my normal chaotic and busy life to my new “Breast Cancer Survival” chaotic and busy life.
I’ve had three mammograms, one ultrasound of the breast, a biopsy, three phone conversations with a radiologist, general physician and a surgeon, countless Google searches from [Invasive Ductal Carcinoma] to [wigs with human hair], extensive research on various medical facilities and staff near me, several back and forth text conversations with friends and family, one field trip to three different facilities to track down all of my records, one surgeon appointment, lots of prayer and looking up and meditating on scripture, three full days of roller coaster emotions complete with tears one minute and laughs the next, feelings of hope and despair, peace and angst, anger and compassion, nine needle sticks followed by two bruised and sore arms, a genetic test sent off to the lab, one second opinion surgeon appointment scheduled, and waiting as I type this for the radiology department to call me back to schedule my MRI. Cancer is a time sucker!
But, the good news (and there’s always good news) is I’ve been able to tell my story at my events and here on my blog and via social media beating the mammo drum screaming at women to have their annual mammogram!
I did an event last Sunday. It was a bridal shower and there were just over 70 women there of all ages from 20 something and up. I had all of the women in the room who were over 40 and had breasts STAND. Then I told them to sit down if they’d had a mammo in the last year. About 8 or so women remained standing with one women bobbing up and down not sure if she’d had one or not. I told her she was in the “standing” group.
I then asked the loved ones of those standing to kindly be the kick in the pants these ladies needed to get to the doctor for their screening. Several of them came up to me afterward to let me know they are going to call asap. They better! Then yesterday, I performed comedy at a luncheon with 170+ women where the average age was 70. This group loved my comedy and they were a wonderful audience. With this age group, I was able to include more screening advice as colonoscopy is also an essential annual test for those over 50 Click here for the American Cancer Society’s guidelines. And I have a show tomorrow night at St. Peter’s Church in Frankfort, IL where I will definitely be doing the same….scolding women who are over 40 to get their mammo! (BTW, shameless self-promotion….tickets will be available at the door. Show is at 7-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds go to Mokena Cancer Support Center and South Suburban Crisis Center. St. Peter’s is located at 12 W. Sauk Trail.)
I love you! Please schedule our mammo and share this with others encouraging them to do the same. I am hopeful that my cancer story will be inspirational in that way to encourage early detection and also give hope that God is there every step of the way!!! I love your comments and words of kindness and love. xoxoxoxo
p.s. I ordered a bunch of pink t-shirts today…..gonna have some available soon. They will have my slogan on them: JESUS & a mammo SAVES! and/or MAMMO is AMMO in the fight against breast cancer. I love both sayings! I might just put them both on!