This year at my annual mammogram my breasts chose to act suspiciously.
For a breast cancer survivor like myself, suspicious is not a good thing.
I have to admit I didn’t feel a bit of apprehension as I drove to my appointment. This all changed when I walked into the ‘imaging center’. Women were backed up like planes on a runway at a very crowded airport. Once checked into the inner sanctum it was worse. There sat a woman sobbing, crying and yelling “why”. Luckily the breast cancer social worker came in and took the woman to another room.
I am speculating the crowd may be because these women were there for the same reason I was there. Those with pre-existing conditions want their screening and appointments done as soon as possible while we still have health insurance!
Usually a mammogram appointment is 30 minutes. Today it was going on an hour still waiting to be seen. This will build anxiety and stress even among the most chill woman. I texted a girlfriend, also a breast cancer survivor, who texted back “GET OUT OF THERE!!”
Finally a tech called my name. A lovely woman, her intake questions were slowly entered. She checked and double-checked her data. This has been the location I have been getting my mammograms for years so you would assume all my data was at her fingertips, but she was thorough.
After 2 images (squishes) and a redo on each breast and then another on one, she told me to go back to the lounge but not get dressed. YIKES! So there I sat waiting to hear;
good to go
come on back
I got the come on back for 3 more views.
8 total images later and 3 hours, I was told to still wait, not get dressed until the doctor viewed my mammograms. I was given a warm blanket and the offer of tea or coffee. At last another tech said the doctor did review my images and the suspicious areas were fine and I was good to go!
My breasts are making me their bitch; there is not a doubt in my mind!
Have you had or scheduled your yearly mammogram? Are you scrambling for appointments if you have pre-existing conditions?