More than a year ago my doctor recommended that I have a mammogram because I had turned 40. I took the paper with the information and said, “I will make the appointment right away!”
A year and a half later, I made my appointment. One of the reasons I finally did was because of the urging of fellow MomsLA blogger, Jennifer Vides. She was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram and has asked everyone she knows to follow through and get one. It took me a while, but I finally followed through.
No one loves going to the doctor, but I especially don’t love it. I feel like going in when you feel fine is asking for trouble. There are many a story in my family of relatives being perfectly healthy, going to the doctor, and never coming back. It didn’t help that everyone I talked to said having a mammogram was extremely uncomfortable. And these were women who have given birth, so they know.
Needless to say, I was apprehensive. I was checked in fairly quickly and went straight back to change into a robe. When I got into the imaging room a very nice woman was there waiting for me. She said that it was a quick procedure and to not be nervous.
Her telling me not to be nervous made me nervous. She positioned my left breast in between two clamps and cranked it down. She asked me if I was going to pass out. I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out. She said some people experience pain and get light headed. Again, Do you feel like you’re going to pass out?’ Hmmm, I kept waiting for the discomfort to get so bad that I would, in fact, pass out. It didn’t and I remained upright.
I thought maybe I was spared with the left breast and held my breath when she cranked my right boob as flat as a pancake (41 is awesome). I did not pass out even after the exam when she told me not to panic if I hear from the doctor. It was my first mammogram and I have no baseline test so it’s possible they will call me back in. Now that made me nervous.
No call so far. The mammogram was more anxiety inducing than anything else. I was in and out in a half hour and it really wasn’t very uncomfortable for me at all. Most importantly, I have peace of mind, So if you’ve been putting it off, I suggest you go. You probably won’t pass out.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.