Have you had yours?

SONY DSCred ink. . .

Talked to pink ink today and promised I’d post.   With much hesitation, I went to have my annual mammogram today.  It was clear and  I am truly grateful.   Honestly,  given all that has happened to Pink Ink, I was scared to go in and delayed my appointment until after my birthday.   My breasts are lumpy (benign fibrocystic my doctor tells me), and I had to have a biopsy 3 years ago, so I worry maybe more than most.  Pink ink has shown me how your life can change in an instant.   I was just about in full out panic (kind of like the “turbulence on the plane” panic that pink ink and I share) when I reminded myself about the other valuable lessons that pink ink and others have taught me . . .  Lessons about the importance of early detection and how finding out early can extend and save your life.   So I put on my pretty pink bra and matching big girl panties and headed off to my mammogram.  Not knowing is not caring for myself, or my husband or my kids.   I had to do this.   My doctor’s office makes this the best experience possible, but at the end of the day, there you are boobs out in a cool room being smashed to a pulp.   The worst part was waiting for my doctor to read the films and give me the okay to get dressed and come to see her.   I tried to look at magazines, got a cup of tea, and tried to be calmed by the office fountain.  None of it worked.  I exhaled when she came in and told me that I could get dressed.   I knew the routine.   I knew then that I was o.k. today.  I thanked God and posted on Facebook to remind people to get their mammos no matter how scared they are.  As I said there, reach out to me if you’re scared!   Today I celebrate, and  I won’t stop touching these tatas during my regular self-exams, which are just as important (remember pink ink found her lump herself after having a clear mammogram months before)!   Don’t wait another day…make your appointment and by all means, regularly touch your tatas!   We owe it to Pink Ink and to all the survivors out there.  Make it happen!

Think Pink

red ink . . .

In the last two posts, we talked about having your “own thing.” Well, one “thing” that pink ink and I share a passion for (honestly, she has been passionate for years, and I am a new convert, having been inspired by my own breast biopsy a few years ago and taken to a new level by her diagnosis) – is breast health.

I had my annual mammogram today! My birthday was yesterday and this was my present to myself. Have you had yours? I have to tell you that I had more than the usual anxiety going in (because of my heightened awareness about BC, and because of my own previous biopsy) but the sense that I am being responsible and taking my own health in my hands outweighed any angst. I actually was feeling pumped (albeit a little stinky – no deodorant allowed – and said to myself “let’s do this” as I walked in to the office this year. So the good news is that I was all clear. I was proud of myself because I know my Ta-tas better this year than I have in the past. Thanks to pink ink I am much more diligent about doing self exams monthly so when my doctor told me that my breasts were less dense (read – in need of more supportive bras – lol), I already knew that! (This is a side effect of being peri-menopausal, according to my doctor, which makes mammograms easier to read in some cases!). I’m also reminded by pink ink’s experience that breast health is an every day, and not an annual, event and will continue to “touch the Ta-tas!

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) we are asking everyone that we know to “Think Pink” on next Monday, October 1st and to acknowledge your support for those in your lives who have been touched by breast cancer by wearing a PINK shirt (or anything that you have that is pink and fly) on that day. And schedule your mammogram if you haven’t already done so!

BUT HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART – We want YOU to take a picture of yourself in your PINK & let us know you’ve had or scheduled your mammo. Send the pix and a note to to us at inkwellchicks@gmail.com. We are planning to post the photos as a kickoff celebration of life and of our collective determination to find a cure!

Some of you guys will be joining us for the Komen Phoenix 20th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 14th. Even if you can’t be there, you can support the cause with a contribution to the team (Pinkwellchick). See http://phoenix.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/PHX_PhoenixAffiliate?team_id=219822&pg=team&fr_id=2646u. This is personal ya’ll. WE ARE THE CURE! Let’s make it happen.