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Your Boobies and the Flight Attendant

Ladies, take a moment to read this, make an appt for your mammo, and then share it with all your friends! You men too! Share it with all the women you love and need so much!

I want to talk about BREAST CANCER.

I’m not going to blog a bunch of cancer statistics and information on research and treatment. Nope. You should know the important stuff and if you don’t, Google it.

What I will do is share my opinion.

And my opinion about breast cancer is this: LISTEN TO YOUR FLIGHT ATTENDANT!

Let me explain.

The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment. So we women have to do two things: Do breast self-examinations every month, and get a mammogram every year. Pretty simple, right?

Last year, I casually blew-off my mammogram; I just didn’t worry about it. I’m sure I was busy doing something important.

This year is different. I am motivated by the incredibly strong women in my life who have lost so much: her mom . . . her breasts . . . precious time.

Yesterday, I stopped being stupid and scheduled an appointment.

Today, I drive 15 minutes to the clinic and learn that I have not had a mammogram since 2006. Sheesh.

I lost two of my siblings that year, so I guess I’ve been in a time warp or something. Here I thought I missed one exam, when I have actually missed five. Things happened. I got busy. I got lost. I guess I got diverted.

My mammogram takes all of 15 minutes, involves a little discomfort, and 20 minutes later I am home again.

It is that easy.

So now, I want to know: Have you had your mammogram this year? Why
not?
It’s already October! What are you waiting for?

I know what you’re thinking, “I’ve been meaning to, I’m just so busy.”

And I get that. I know that you are crazy busy all the time. You have a job. You take care of the house. And the kids. And the spouse. Even the dog counts on you. You take care of everything. Every single day. You think you’ll get around to taking care of you, but then . . . you don’t.

Now, think about the last time you were on an airplane. Do you remember when the flight attendant reviewed the emergency and safety procedures? What did she say about your oxygen mask?

She said, “In an emergency, you are to place your oxygen mask on yourself first, and then place one on your child.”

In short, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. It’s that simple.

So just do it. Right now. Make your appointment. Don’t let another day turn into another month. It is too important. You are too important.

This life of ours is a wonderful journey. And we love you and want you here for the entire beautiful flight. So ladies, please, stop with your excuses and put on your damn mask.

Thank you.

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Julia Kovach October 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Absolutely, Mark. Thank you.
John David October 17, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Julia and Mark, I agree with oth of you. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her late seventies and had a mastectomy and the usual other treatments. She lived in the years when x-rays were more powerful and in her mid-eighties had multiple radiation treatments to slow the growth of a non-malignant meningioma in her brain. When she died at eightynine, it certainly wasn't because of mammograms or radiation. Without the mammograms her life would have been shortened for sure due to cancer and she and my family would have missed out on wonderful times. Thank you for posting this.
Julia Kovach October 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Oh, John, thank you so much for reading. And for sharing your story with us. I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. But I am so happy that she overcame so very much and that you and your family were allowed that precious precious additional time with her. She sounds like she was an incredibly strong and amazing woman. And thank you also, for sharing your insight with us. Blessings to you and those you love. xoxoJulia
Linda Delcamp October 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I am a firm believer that the tests do save lives!! I am proof of this. I was meaning to have a mammogram after I breast fed my kids, but kept putting it off for some reason or other. I finally had a mammogram in January of 2006 and they found a very small but signifigant shadow on my right breast. After another test was done they discovered a lump in my breast. It was small (only 1cm) but enough that I had to have a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. I have now been cancer free for 6 years!! I have a mammogram EVERY year around December to stay that way. By the way the lump that they found I wouldn't have been able to find it doing a self exam. It was deep near the chest wall. I still do the exams on top of the mammograms. Blessings to those for sharing their stories. xoxoLinda
Julia Kovach October 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Linda....Thank you so much for sharing your very important and personal story. You ARE proof, my friend. We cannot take any chances with something so vital. I just received my results yesterday and learned that my mammogram was fine. Now I can breathe again. I share this news with you first. Congratulations on being cancer free! Yay You! And thank you, once again, for your testimony....Take good care of your precious self. xoxoJulia

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