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 your partner. 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.