It’s that most beautiful month of the year – October. The colors of Fall, and pink. Pink ribbons, pink t-shirts, banners. Please do not let the beautiful colors of fall drown out the message in those pink ribbons. It was two years ago this month that I was watching my beloved Steelers run around Heinz Field with their pink “breast cancer” tennis shoes on when I emailed myself a quick note to schedule my annual mammogram. Just a routine doctor’s appointment, just one more thing to tick off the to-do list.
Unfortunately, that “to-do” list got a lot longer after that routine mammogram. I got that call no one wants to get, telling me I had breast cancer. Thankfully, doctors caught it early, and after surgery and daily radiation treatments, I was in remission. And while the fear still lurks in the back of my mind that the cancer might come back, my latest mammogram was cancer-free.
So please, if you are a woman over the age of 40, get your mammogram. Yes, it’s a little uncomfortable, a little inconvenient, but it could save your life.