I personally think that it is time that we (the royal we here???LOL) start to get serious about
getting legislation passed that madates mammograms for women who are old enough for a pap smear. Too many young ladies have died and their families have suffered for lack of being taken seriously. I think this might have to be my next project!
I for one was lucky to have been followed closely because I had bloody discharge from my nipple, even though I didn't feel a lump. I also lived in a very urbanized area with some of the best medical care nearby. This is America and all women (and children and men) should have access to the best medical tests/treatment at the right time (ie: before an issue arises).
I just ran into a woman checker in my grocery store who was volunteering information that she couldn't go for a mammogram because she couldn't afford the price of the copay because she was paying so much in other medical bills at age 65. To me, this is not acceptable. Her feeling was that she had no BC history in her family, so it couldn't affect her. Even when I told her at 40 I was dx and NO ONE in my family had it, she still felt it was a genetic disease. Something must be done, and maybe that's what God has been showing me all along these last 16 months. Hmmm..
Thanks for letting me vent. Stay tuned for the next installment of "One-year survivor vents to online list".
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---
Post Edited (Lmmackey) : 5/29/2006 6:13:07 AM (GMT-6)