Karen and Michelle,
I have to jump in here on your mammogram conversation. First of all, Karen, I can't believe you asked what to do in case of a fire. That is just too funny! You were surely going to make sure you could get yourself out of there if you couldn't stand the pressure, weren't you lady? I love it!
Michelle, I am almost 57 and had bilateral breast biopsies when I was 21 and pregnant with my first daughter. They were both benign. My point is, that I have been having mammograms for a long time. If you have tenderness in your breast at the time of your mammogram, you are going to feel a little more pressure. Just remember, you can tell them to stop at any time. It is your body. I think you will be just fine, it's just the fear of having that first one done. I think I have had about six breast biopsies over the years and they have all been benign. I haven't had to have one in about ten years. Having a mammogram yearly is important.
I can tell you, I didn't quite know what to think at age 21, finding out that I was pregnant and also had to have surgery on both breasts. I was stunned. It was back in 1972 when we only had one hospital here and it was usually difficult to get a private room. I was in a room with this elderly lady who had gone through cancer surgery before. The night before my surgery she told me, "Now, honey, if they have to cut both your breasts off, you're going to be in the hospital for some time." This was just what I needed, I was two months pregnant, still throwing up all day long and now I was crying because this old lady had made me think I was going to have both my breasts cut off. Somehow, I made it through that night.
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