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Monday, October 1, 2012

HouseTalkN is BoobTalkN

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, y'all! 

Full disclosure: I am the worst patient on the planet. I do not have a primary physician. I do not get yearly checkups. I do not give myself breast exams. I only floss once a month week.
I make this face when my mother talks smack mammograms:
I want to talk about houses. Last year, my idea of Think Pink included a post with pictures like this:


My mother insists that posting pictures of pink decor is not equivalent to getting a mammogram.

Since turning "Forty-licious," I have been giving a lot of thought to the decisions women make about their health. Not only have I heard every excuse in the book, I have used most of these excuses.

Here are a few that I've heard or used.
-I don't have time.
-I have to make dinner/drive carpool/buy groceries/fold laundry/save the world/write my book/trim my toenails.
-I am waaaay too young to worry about that.
-I am waaaay too healthy to worry about that.
-I will do it next year.
-I take vitamins, for goodness sake.
-I don't want to get on the scale.
-I have google, yo'.

Here is my "Duh" moment. If you don't take care of your health, you can't take care of anything or anyone else. 
Source: etsy.com via Molly on Pinterest

I am joining forces with Christie Clinic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That's right. I am getting my big girl pants on and getting an annual checkup and a mammogram. Really. An appointment has been scheduled. For reals. I am going to go all TMI on you.

Please comment and tell me that this is no big deal. Tell me that it doesn't hurt at all. Tell me that I don't need a pint of vodka to get through this. Tell me that I won't make inappropriate jokes while my breasts are in the smoosher.


I even did a little BoobTalkN over at "In The Powder Room"...click here to read about that unfortunate breastfeeding situation.

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65 comments:

  1. I should start by saying that I pass out easily, and that the room was really really hot (sweat dripping without anybody moving kind of hot) because the boiler was malfunctioning, so of course this won't happen to you. I got my one boob in that machine and thought,.."this isn't so bad" and then she gave it another notch. Yikes. I started feeling whoozy and visualized walking out of there with one really long breast if I happened to pass out while still clamped in. I managed to stay conscious, but had to have a drink and a rest in between. I'm sure your experience will be nothing like this. ;)

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    1. TERRY! THIS IS NOT HELPING!
      I just read this to the ladies in the moffice and we had a good chuckle...then, I started hyperventilating.

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    2. he he he I know, I know. Just make sure that the boiler is working properly and you'll be fine. Someone made the comment on facebook that you've delivered 4 big babies,....silly girl, this will be a piece of cake for you. Mmmmm,...cake! You should definitely bring some cake to treat yourself when it's all over.

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    3. Would it be wrong to eat cake DURING the smooshing?

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  2. Can't wait to see the article. Good for you and good for spreading the word that you just gotta go for it.

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    1. Thank you, Jill! Have you scheduled your annual/mammogram?

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  3. So glad you made an appointment! My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer (there are 4 stages) in her early 40's. She gets a mammogram every year - and it went from none to stage 3 in one year! (Three tumors too small to every feel and already in the lymph nodes.) She is healthy and cancer-free almost 15 years later. Boob smashing...I mean mammograms are important. Thanks for spreading the word!!!! (My mom now takes a friend and makes a day of it - lunch & shopping afterwards!)

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    1. What a great story, Laura! I am so making a day of it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You just wait, young one! I might stroke out before it actually happens!
      Thank you!

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  5. I've been enjoying this experience since I was 34...always a treat. The smooshing isn't that bad...the more boob you have to go in the machine, the less it hurts, so the busty ladies have an advantage here. The most unsettling part for me, being a total prude, is having your boobs man-handled like a piece of meat by a complete stranger...mortifying! Good luck!

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    1. Amy! That is exactly it! I have been married for 18 years- no one has man-handled these puppies without a marriage certificate!
      Mortifying is right!

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  6. oh you big baby!! :) good for you, having a mom that had breast cancer ( she is actually a 20 year survior) I had to start getting the old boobs checked in my 30's. good luck.

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    1. I am a total baby, Laura! Will you hold my hand, smoosher expert?

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  7. Good for you.

    My best friend died of breast cancer at the age of 41 - and got 2 mammograms a year without fail b/c her mother died young of the disease.

    It is a MUST- as well as an annual physical - they can detect many cancers just by the change in your blood tests!

    This is a great post.

    They have new machines the last time I got mine - February - and it didn't hurt at all - was cold, awkward, a tiny bit uncomfortable - but nothing like it was even the year before when they really really really had to clamp down on that vise. No biggie. Getting cancer hurts a lot worse, for everybody.

    And your humour will get you through it. And yes you will make comments. How could you not? You are YOU! /supportive hug.

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    1. I will get through this like I get through everything- with inappropriate humor!
      I am so sorry about your friend.
      Thank you, Michele.

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  8. Important reminder! (the physician in me weeps that you don't have a primary care physician, though *sob*)

    As the recipient of many a mammogram I will tell you this...when it's happening you will think, "Yeah, this is a little smooshy" and "I wonder if my boobs are the smallest/biggest/sweatiest/droopiest the tech has seen today?" When it's done you will think," Is this what all of the fuss was about?"

    No biggie!! --Lisa

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    1. I think they were horrified when I called to schedule - NO PRIMARY PHYSICIAN??? Truly, if I can do this, anyone can...and SHOULD!
      Thank you, Lisa.

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  9. I don't have a primary care physician either, or even insurance! Also I hate when random people touch me. Bleh.

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    1. Oh, Nicki. If I can do it, so can you. I will make a total a$$ of myself but it will be worth it.
      SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

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  10. I guarantee you'll make an inappropriate remark as you lay that baby on the smoosher!! Just stop giggling long enough to hold still when the take the photo- or you'll be there all day !
    You'll provide the most fun the technician will have had !

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    1. I'm collecting "What not to say during your mammogram" comments- what say you, Patti??

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  11. Yes, there is some discomfort but CA or death will be much more painful. I can say from experience that if taking hormones it hurt some but not enough to whine too much. And the techs couldn't care less what our boobs look like, they just want to get the best pictures of the breast tissue. Be grateful this screening is available.
    When you get the report that all is well, it's a great feeling.
    Hang in there.
    Dee

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    1. So true, Dee. I'll keep you posted. Thank you!

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  12. Go you! Great that you are doing this and inspiring too. I have put off this too long for myself and need to get on this. So cheerleading us both on :)

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    1. Thank you, Meredith! If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

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  13. I can tell you exactly how it feels to have a mammogram so that you will know what to expect. Place your boob in the freezer then slam the door on it. Or lie down on the concrete floor of your garage directly in the path of the
    rear tire of your car, then have someone back over your boob. There. That should put your mind at ease, right?

    P.S. I'm totally kidding. It's not quite that bad.

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    1. Carol Ann! You are in big trouble! Now, go smash yourself in the freezer!
      Thank you for the giggle!

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  14. Good for you Girlfriend ! I'm 56 now, and I've had them every year since about 40 years old. Sweetie - it's not bad at all - first of all, the technicians have all been amazing kind, sensitive and caring Secondly - it just plain isn't painful - just odd ! Have you had babies ? Rhetorical question - I know you have ! Honey - this ain't nuthin.....do it - you are going to see those grand babies some day - this will keep you goin and goin.....Good for you - just do it !!

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    1. Patricia - you win! Your comment made me feel all warm and fuzzy! THANK YOU!

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  15. A hint that I received early on was to try and schedule right after your period because your boobs are "flatter" (less firm) at that time. I've had them since age 36 and am now 57. Big problem now is I'm menopausal now so have a hard time figuring out the less firm times! And the new machine is better but still a bit uncomfortable. Crack the jokes- they love it! Remember that it takes a sense of humor to grope random women all day! Proud of you for getting checked and having that baseline to add to your history. Life is a long road and you need to do what you can to stick around for the milestones to come!

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    1. That's right! What a great pep talk! Thank you!

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  16. I dont' know what the talk is that it hurts. I had one last year to get a baseline before I'm 40 and it didn't hurt. It wasn't all soft cotton puppies, but it wasn't a sledghammer to a watermelon either. You should read this post http://sparkling74.blogspot.com/2011/01/feel-good-friday-best-so-far.html that I wrote about my visit. I spent so much time worrying over nothing when the results came that I felt it very cathartic to write about the experience for all to commiserate and maybe laugh about.

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    1. "Soft cotton puppies"...I love you. Thank you!

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  17. Girl, You've already birthed a bunch of babies, so this won't be nuthin' but a thang! Those ladies who do the smashing have heard it all and seen it all so go ahead and crack all the "in poor taste" jokes you want. Eases the tension! And thanks for settin' a good example for us girls out there! Girl power!!

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    1. I birthed 10-12 pound babies so this is no biggie, right? RIGHT?
      Thanks!

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  18. I can always count on you for useful information and a good laugh. I would give you my mammogram story but I don't have one..... cause I am WAY younger than you :P Good luck. I expect a full report.

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    1. You youngun', you! Well, I did it yesterday and it was easy peasy!
      Thanks, Stacy!

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  19. It's not that bad and you won't need a pint of vodka to get through it...there, that's what you wanted to hear, right? ;) Truly though, it's 5 seconds of slight discomfort...and that's only when the tech is repositioning parts of your body that normally only your significant other plays with.

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    1. When it was over, I said, "THAT'S IT??" It was no big at all!
      Thank you!

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  20. I'm boob talkn too! We are blogging for boobs together this week. :) http://unskinnyboppy.com/2012/10/blogging-for-boobs-a-breast-cancer-awareness-giveaway/

    Good luck with the Big M. I've heard it doesn't hurt but I don't have first hand experience either. After having a kid and doing non-stress tests in front of a nurse and then being felt up by all the lactation consultants it really should be no big deal for me to have someone handling my lady luggage. Good luck!!

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    1. "Blogging for boobs!" I love that and am so stealing that line!
      You are exactly right- after birthing 4 big ole babies and nursing them, this was easy peasy!
      Thanks, Beth!

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  21. Thanks for blogging about this, so many people just brush it under the rug....Let me tell you, there are worse cancer screening tests out there!! My mom died of colon cancer (just imagine our family's check ups) ;-) smooshing boobies? Take it ANY day! Good luck and fingers crossed for an "all clear" for ya x

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    1. I am sorry sorry about your mother, Helen. Thank you so much.

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  22. I'm like you, I pretty much ignore preventative maintenance type of health thingies, but I have had a mammo since I am now in my early 40's (man time flies). The mammo is really nothing and will be over before you know it (it only takes a second per boob, literally), and they usually have another woman do the test, so you don't have the uncomfortableness of a man (who is not your husband) fondling your breasts. So don't worry, everything is going to be okay and look at the bright side, since you are only 40 you don't have to have another one for five years. See it's not that bad! Really!!

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  23. I promise you ... it is no big deal AT ALL! I don't know what all the fuss is about and I don't really have that big of boobs. Girl - if you can give birth and put up with the day to day shit - this will be like a spa day! It is over so fast. It is worth getting the "Normal" results back. Big sigh of relief!

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    1. Oh, Missi! I did it and it was so easy peasy! No biggie at all! Thank you!

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  24. Thanks for the reminder! I've been, um, let's see, well, it's like... oh crap. I will make my appt., I'm due! Maybe I can get a funny post out of it! ( + )

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    1. Do it, Lisa! It was such a breeze! I obsessed and worried over nothing!

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    2. Lisa! Get your mammogram! I'll check back with you about this!

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  25. Hi Kerry...it really isn't that bad. Just be sure not to go right before your period if you get breast tenderness at that time...that would not be fun for sure! I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34. It's 8 years later and I'm doing great! Treatment was extensive and not fun, but my kiddos still have a momma so very worth it! I posted my story in a 2-part post on my blog www.homesweetthriftyhome.blogspot.com if you would like to read it.

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    1. 34!?!?!? Holy cow, Amy. How did you know? Did you self examine? Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Hi Kerry! I found your blog through Pinterest, and I really enjoyed this entry. I am a mammographer in south Texas, and I've been doing it for over thirteen years. I cannot emphasize enough just how important a mammogram is. We have seen some aggressive cancers appear from one year to the next. What would have happened if these patients decided to "skip a year?" Anyway, I'm glad you got yours, and I hope it wasn't too bad. Words of advice: to lessen the discomfort, try to schedule your mammo a few days after your period, limit caffeine intake for at least a week before exam, and most importantly, RELAX! Make it a point to pull your shoulders down when getting compressed. This relaxes the chest wall muscles. Otherwise you end up "fighting" the machine, and you're not going to win. And yes, we enjoy patients with a sense of humor. :)

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    1. Great tips! Thank YOU for what you do everyday!

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  27. Great post! I've yet to do the whole mammogram thing, but I agree that it's so important. It's nice to see a post on the topic and your mammogram face is hilarious! I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share some of your great ideas at the link party, going on right now (every Sat-Tues). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thank you, Mariel! Mammograms can be so intimidating- I thought it best to attack it with humor!

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  28. Kerry, I know that everything went right and I'm so proud of you!!!!

    I've been a diabetic since I was 9 and have seen so many doctors I've lost count. But, catching things early is the best thing to do. So, I'm so glad you have done this.

    WAY TO GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pam
    xox

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  29. You've probably already had it at this point, but I will comment anyway. My first mammo was terrible. I swore to my doctor that I would never do it again. He finally convinced me to try another facility. I did, and it was completely painless. I'm an (almost) A cup so there's not much to work with, but I've had 6 mammos at the new place and I don't even dread it. My point is, if it hurts, you've got the wrong tech.

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    1. Great tip! My nurse was so calm and gentle, it was easy peasy. The handler makes all the difference, huh?
      Thank you, Amy!

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  30. I'd love to link this to our kid bloggers GO PINK BLOG HOP. Hope you'll stop by and visit those who linked up. Get your mammogram! Take an advil beforehand, take deep breaths and it's over. Glad to find your blog. We all need humor: Here is the Go Pink Blog Hop: http://kindergartenbasics.blogspot.com/2012/10/breast-cancer-awareness-month.html

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  31. Thanks Kerry for joining our Go Pink Blog Hop! We have some activities for kids too that your readers might find helpful.

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