Sunday, 31 July 2011

Getting Squished!

To kick off my long weekend, and really get things started off right I spent my Friday afternoon getting my first Mammogram! (*I know, I know...It is an exciting life I lead*)

So this was definitely a new experience for me, and an interesting one at that. As women I think most of us have heard how horrible these supposedly are, how much it hurts, and just how generally uncomfortable the whole experience is. I admittedly was not waiting with bated breath to get this done. But the doctors needed to ensure that they know exactly where my breast health stands before my surgery - so this was just another step necessary for this process to progress.

Alright, let's talk brass tax here ladies, a Mammogram is definitely awkward! I admit I spent the majority of it trying the stifle uncomfortable giggle-fits. You pretty much walk into a room and stand there topless, while the technician stretches your boob and squeezes in a contraption similar to a vice-grip that then takes a picture of your breast. It is not glamorous, but it is really not so bad either. I would say the whole affair probably took about 10 minutes, and was certainly not as painful as advertised. Considering early detection is one of our best defenses in the fight against breast cancer I want to remind women that this procedure needs to be done annually once you reach the age of 40. And for women who have a known family history of breast cancer it is REALLY important that you explore your options to start having your annual Mammograms done sooner. A few awkward minutes once a year is a 1000 times better than the alternative, so go ahead GET SQUISHED! I promise you'll be glad you did!

Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten