Sometimes self-care looks like this:
I postponed my mammogram until I was fully vaccinated, then procrastinated making the appointment until earlier this week.
I am very thankful to update that I got an all-clear report. While my family history indicates that I am at low risk for this particular type of cancer, my tissue is very dense and that changes the equation. It’s why in addition to the mammogram, I have an ultrasound too.
Is it fun? No. The extreme squish isn’t pleasant at all, but I’m very willing to experience a short bit of discomfort for a test that could save my life.
What I knit
I brought along a pair of socks I’m knitting for E. One small benefit of the changes brought by Covid-19; everything is streamlined so I didn’t have much waiting time. I only knit 11 rounds!
This pair is his birthday socks. I convince him to choose yarn for his birthday earlier in the year, then I try to finish knitting by Chanukah. He chose a gorgeous colorway from Old Rusted Chair, called Diminutive. This is the second sock; I finished the first one last month.
Learn more about breast cancer screening
- New York State offers a program to help residents learn more and get screened. I didn’t know about Shannon’s law until I was writing this post, I’m happy to see the expansion of who can and should be screened. I’ve lost friends over the years to various cancers, they were all far too young.
- Know Your Lemons is a new site to me, I love their visuals!
- Cancer.net is also a new-to-me site, one that I think is useful for everyone, as I’m sure we all know and want to help someone with cancer.
- The CDC offers a robust site for breast cancer and they also have a program, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
Early detection saves lives!
Note: Last month I completed the NYS Public Health Leadership Training course offered through the Department of Health and Cornell University. That does not suddenly make me an expert, but I hope will help me aid others as I learn what being a public health leader means.