Thursday

An Important But Not So Pleasant Subject


Today was the day I had been putting off since September 27th. I visited my doctor on that day and he ordered a mammography. You see I turned 40 in August and it was time. I kept putting this off ......I told myself I had a trip coming up in November…that’s when I visited my sister in Baltimore. Then I put it off some more because I wanted to get through the Holidays.

So Today Was The Day.

It actually wasn’t that unpleasant. I just pray that the test results are fine. I won’t know that for seven to ten days. I know I shouldn’t have put this off! I want to encourage all the women who read my blog….if you are 40 or over…or if there is a history of breast cancer in your family….. PLEASE get this screening done.

And men who read my blog, please encourage your wives or girlfriends to get

this done. Go With THEM!

It really doesn’t take much time….and it isn’t so terribly bad. This test can save lives. OK – that’s all of my preaching for today.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week


PS - I took this shot of the cardinal at Bissett Park on Christmas Day

36 comments:

DeeMom said...

Prayers, thoughts and concerns for you Kerri.
Your Post is a very important message for all that read it…
We have been through this with a very close female friend of ours…
All is WELL with her NOW!

Sand said...

I am sure it was a rather scary site, seeing the machine! But a great step. Hope everything turns out well for you!

Jeff B said...

I'm sure this is something that no woman ever looks forward to. I'm glad you decided to go ahead with it though. The odds are in your favor that the results will be favorable, but that should never be a reason to not go.

Men should be aware that breast cancer is not limited to women. Our chances of having it are less, but once again family history and other factors should be monitered.

Kudos for encouraging others to step out and be tested too.

Rick said...

AWESOME contrast Kerri!!!!! Love it! As for the test, I am glad you went through with it.;-)

Irene said...

Good post. Since I am also 40, I should do this, but have been putting it off. No good excuses, just can't stand the thought of waiting for the "results". And my dr. has a reputation of a lot of false positives, so that scares me a bit.

Maybe this should be my new years resolution. Make this appt.

John Roberts said...

Amen! Good advice along with another good Cardinal photo.

dot said...

Good post Kerri. I'll be praying that you get a negative report.
Beautiful cardinal!

Luke Wiley said...

nice shot!, it's great you got the test done.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Very good post, I have always been leary of having them done, but always glad once it is.
Love the cardinal

Meggie said...

Beautiful shot of the cardinal, Kerri. Hope your mammo results are normal. Don't fret, though, if you get called back for better views. I can't tell you how many times I've had to go back for repeat pics. And all is well. Be sure to make it a routine procedure. It's a gift you can give yourself. Thanks for the reminder to all the bloggers out there.

Mary said...

Kerri, this is a good reminder. I had my first one at age 37. Now I'm overdue about FIVE years... I also keep putting things off like that. I hate doctor visits, too. Your results will be just fine! I have known men to have breast cancer, so it's not a test solely for women.

Beautiful Cardinal shot!

Lori said...

That's such a good message. Thanks for reminding us. I hope your test results turn out fine!

Rambling Round said...

That is a great Christmas cardinal! Perfect for catching attention to such an important subject.

Lynette said...

Thought-provoking post, Kerri. The cardinal and the leaf made fine Christmas presents, didn't they?

Dave said...

I will do as you suggest... All the best in your test results! :-)

RuneE said...

An important subject - I know several women who have had their lives saved my such tests. So you have my total support. Don't wait to long, or it can be to late.

In my own case (a totally different disease (but no matter...), it almost was.

A beautiful bird - The red is intriguing. I don't think we have it over here. What is it called?

Ruth said...

Absolutely, yes. I'm 51 and get one every year or so. Thank you for encouraging every one to do the same. I'm sure yours will be fine. They are so careful, and often when they find something they want to investigate further, like with me this last time, it turns out to be benign. I hate the waiting though! Hang in there and keep us posted please.

Gardener Greg said...

I hope you get a great report. I have been putting off my big "inspection" too and know I need to get it done soon. Thanks for the reminder.

Bud Cline said...

A lovely cardinal shot, Kerri. Great reminder for all to heed - looking forward to hearing good results from your screening!

Dick said...

Enjoy your week also. Beautiful bird, good shot. Thank you for your visits I appreciate it very much.

maggiegracecreates said...

Kerri - I'll be thinking of you as you wait for results. Thanks for the comment at MaggieGrace. Have a wonderful day.

Neva said...

A very beautiful cardinal! I hte waiting for test results....but aren't you glad it is over and done with? My next test to schedule is a colonoscopy...now THAT is one to not look forward too! Thank you fro all your visits this year. I look forward to many more visits in 2008.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh, it's such a beautiful bird. The colors are fantastic! So pretty...
Wonderful post, I wish only the best for you in the results of this test!
~Michele~
Rocky Mountain Retreat

joey said...

Looks like your Christmas was very merry, Kerri. Good luck on your test ... it's usually a good sign when they let you go without more screening. Love the cardinal shot. Wishing you a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Gwen said...

Very cheery cardinal image! Hope your results are normal for your mammo.

don said...

A gorgeous bird shot. I hope you comment causes women to stop procrastinating and get scheduled!

happyone said...

Good and important post.
I didn't get my first one till I was 50. Everything was fine though. I just thought it was is a bit unpleasant and not as bad as everyone says. The place where I go, you find out your results before you leave which is nice. No waiting!
I will say a prayer for you!
Beautiful Cardinal!

quintarantino said...

Almost sure nothing bad will come with the news.

Mike said...

Now isn't he smart! Prayers for your result.
Quick Snap
This I Do...

Dusty Lens said...

A great idea to get checked out. My wife has this done yearly since she turned 30. Her mother passed away 24 years ago from breast cancer. Same for us men to get checked out too. It is never fun, but neither is the alternative.

By the way, pretty photo!

Lizzy said...

I hope all works out well for you - let us know as soon as you can - we'll all worry about you until then

Sandy Carlson said...

I hope the results are good, Kerri. Ten days of waiting sure seems like too much!

This is a magnificent photo.

God bless.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post Kerri.
One that as been well recieved by the comments here..

Andrée said...

Just beautiful. Perfect photo and how important. The photo draws people to the message and makes it upbeat (as it should be). Bless you.

Tony, Paula, Murphy & Cosmo said...

Beautiful picture Kerri!!

And yes your message is very important!!! You are never too young to be screened (either through monthly exams or mamograms). Take it from me who was diagnosed at 33 with Stage III Breast Cancer (found the lump myself), which Kerri is well aware of and a HUGE support to me!!! I am now 35 am almost done with everything, I HOPE!!!!!

I am proud of you Kerri, having these tests and facing the unknown is very hard and terrifying.

Ms. Math said...

I think it is wonderful of you to share your story and encourage other women to look out for themselves. Beautiful photo - the bird is gorgeous!

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