I thought I’d take a bit of a different spin on this post and talk about my story with breast cancer since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
First of all, I never thought in a million years that this would happen to me. There is no history of breast cancer in my family.
I’m sure there are a few of you out there who might be thinking the same thing.
Because I had the thought of how unlikely it would be that I would have breast cancer, I was behind in getting my annual mammogram screening. I thought about it once in a while, but it was not on my list of priorities. I wasn’t intentional with my health.
I work at a hospital in Sioux City as a regional liaison for Critical Access Hospitals and clinics. I conduct leadership training and development throughout the region, as well as assist with improvements, etc. I was asked to be on a process improvement team to reach out to the patients we serve for annual mammogram reminders and compliance.
As I was sitting on the team, listening to the data on why annual mammograms are so important, I began feeling a weight on my shoulders because I had not had one in a while and I really needed to get one done. It was also the end of the year, so thought it would be good to get it done before the new insurance year.
I had my mammogram screening done in December. A mammogram that saved my life! Although my family and I have gone through a lot this year with surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and of course the side effects that go along with it all, We are grateful for catching it when we did. So I could be a survivor!
More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease. Please be intentional in taking care of your health. Get your mammogram, conduct self-breast exams and encourage others to do the same!
Be intentional in taking care of you…you are worth it, you are loved!