While I don’t usually write about anything other than breast reconstruction, I attended an event today that was really fun and uplifting, and equally important my breast surgeon Dr. Lisa Guerra participated, so I felt it worth mentioning. Every year In Fashion Island Newport Beach, the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure takes place. And every year my breast surgeon Dr. Lisa Guerra participates and walks to raise money. To quote Dr. Guerra: “Last year, I challenged my donors to help me raise >$10,000. Well, my donors helped me raise >$15,000 and bragging rights as the top fundraiser of 2014. As you may know, each $125 donation is equivalent to the cost of one mammogram. This year, the top fundraiser has already raised >$20,000 so that top fundraising spot may prove a bit challenging. However, whatever you can give will make a difference in the lives of many.”
It was a mammogram that saved my life (well okay, along with Dr. Guerra). A mammogram showed two lumps in one breast. I had no idea they were there, I had no pain and never noticed them. Where would I be today if I had not had that mammogram? The answer might not be a happy one.
I have talked to women since my diagnosis who tell me they choose to not get an annual mammogram. They cite reasons such as: they don’t want to know, they have implants, they don’t believe in mammograms, etc. and my response to them is always the same: “That’s your perrogative. However, I am not the person to say that to. A mammogram told me I had cancer. A mammogram saved my life.” I was able to get early treatment so that knock on wood, I will be cancer free the rest of my life.
This December it will be three years since Dr. Guerra performed my single mastectomy, working in conjunction with my plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. I’m healthy and happy thanks to a mammogram and terrific doctors!
Did you get your annual mammogram this year?