By Rebecca Chandler
In February 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. I had been going for mammograms every 6 months because they saw something "suspicious." I had postponed my appointment from December to the end of January because I was busy with the holidays and work. Between June and January, the "suspicious" had grown into a 3 cm tumor and had spread to my lymph nodes. The type of cancer I had was hormone fed and fast growing. Had I waited much longer or skipped my mammogram, I might not be here writing this post.
Luckily for me, I received excellent treatment from Duke Medical Center (chemo and surgery) and Radiation Clinics of Georgia (35 treatments), I am happy to report no evidence of cancer for 3 years now. In some ways, 2011 was a really crappy year. Chemo, surgery, and radiation are not fun. (Although I did gain a new appreciation for hats and large earrings.) In other ways, 2011 was a really good year in that I beat cancer that year and not everyone does.
We all have a story. Mine happens to have a positive ending. But, I'm not writing this post because I want to talk about my cancer. I'm writing this post because I want to encourage regular mammograms. The fact of the matter is that early detection saves lives and putting off your mammogram an extra month or two or three could make all the difference in treatment and success rates if cancer were discovered. Don't skip your mammogram or put it off. Just don't. If you are reading this and thinking that you need to schedule one, stop what you are doing and schedule your mammogram now. Now.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, (so you can hardly say you didn't get a reminder) and I'm proud to say that NewPoint Media Group and The Real Estate Book are active supporters. Your local magazine could be sporting a groovy pink cover and our local representatives are very active in raising money and awareness through local efforts. As a company, we've made a pledge to donate $1 for every app downloaded in October to the cause. By simply clicking and downloading, you can make a contribution, and while you've got your phone in your hand, if you need to make an appointment, you could do that, too.
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