What I Wore, To My Mammogram

So.  Guess who turned 41 this year, and finally scheduled a good ol’ mammogram to ring in her birthday? This is not my first ride on the mammo-train.  I found a lump when I was in my 20’s, and had two mammograms about three years apart before 30.  (Sorry if that is too much info, but that’s about as graphic as it will get, probably.)  For anyone who has had a mammogram in your 20’s, you know that they tell you that your tissue is still dense, therefore they cannot see as well if you were say….41.  At the time that did not particularly put my nervous-nelly spirit at ease.  So, years have gone by and the lump has continued to keep residence, but not do much of anything.  Praise God.  But the time had rolled around to start doing this on a regular basis.  

I must say, technology has changed quite a bit over the years, and the boob-crushing stories of the 90’s (they were true, believe them!!!) are a thing of the past.  My technician was very sweet, worked quickly, and you could tell she did this 40 hours a week.  She was good.

They left me in the changing area too long, I snapped a few pic’s to send to the hubs to let him know I was in complete control of my faculties.
I told the technician I would probably end up writing about this online and she stopped, looked at me like I just grew a third arm (which would be very helpful but a challenge when clothes shopping) and went back to work.  I understand her reaction.  I am a private person when it comes to many things in life, but there is a value in being able to share our experiences together.  It kind of takes the fun out of the mammogram if I can’t discuss my prior panic-attack, and feeling like a complete dweeb for being nervous.  I think the technician was afraid I was going to take a picture of her, or ask her a bunch of questions.  I did ask a bunch of questions, and she didn’t see the picture I took that she might have been in.
I don’t care when you tie a robe, they are not flattering to the mid-section.
The clinic was quite spa-like and the robe I donned before entering into the squeezie-zone was really thick and soft.  The thickness of the robe is definitely causing my waist to look the way it is in the above picture, I’m sure that’s what it is.  The Doctor was very nice professional, and I think had already been warned about the blogger in room #3.  I spent a few moments (seemed much longer) waiting for my results and thinking about my kids, my husband, all the people who have blessed my life and challenged me to grow.  I promised myself that regardless of the results I would do my very best to be thankful for technology, treatment options, and a Heavenly Father that I can run to when I get an answer or news that I don’t know what to do with. 

I almost forgot, this is a “What I Wore”, riding boots, skinny jeans, and a black top that you cannot see since I am lounging around in the spa-robe.

At the end of the appointment I was sent on my way with a handful of materials to review and learn more about why early detection is so important.  I’m not going to preach to you, tell you to go get a soft robe and visit the squeezie-machine NOW.  To tell you that it went really quick, and I was able to walk away with a little peace of mind, is all that I will say today.  And that I am glad I did it.  And the clinic was really pretty.  That’s all I am going to say, I don’t want to tell you what you should do, did I mention the robes are really soft?

xoxo, Tanya

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  1. You got a robe? I'm so jealous. I too have been getting my boobs squeezed since my early 20's and I'm now 54 so it's been a long time. I haven't noticed that it's gotten any easier or more comfortable, but what I DO like is the fact that you can SEE them right there on the screen. Modern technology for sure. I had mine last month, then had to go back for untra sound

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  3. I am very impressed by your positive attitude and I'm also happy to hear that times have changed when it comes to mammogram comfort!

    Now I'm 40 I guess I'd better get myself examined soon. Thanks for the reminder!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  4. Cute post! And good advice – just something we girls need to do!

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