5 Tips for a Great Mammogram

The C word. No one wants to talk about it because it is not easy. But I want to talk to you about early detection. I am thankful for early detection because it saved my mom’s life both times she got breast cancer. It did not save my aunt.  I am pretty serious about taking precautions and getting tests! Here are my best mammo tips and ticks.   Many of these I learned just from this being my second mammogram and the dumb stuff I did the first time around.

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Mammo 1- I had outrageous curls. Think Texas beauty queen hair.  I was nervous the day of and spent a lot of time primping. My hair was in the way the whole time!

Mammo 2-  It was a pony all the way!

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Mammo 1- to go with my rocking hair, was an awesome sundress. This meant I was in my panties for the exam. Not necessary!

Mammo 2- Shorts/ Jeans. I felt so much more comfy, modest, and warmer.

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Mammo 1- I arrived on time and then had to fill out the paperwork and then I felt flustered that I was holding up the technician.

Mammo 2- I arrived early, sipped an iced mocha, and filled out my paperwork calmly.

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Both mammos I told my technician the very short version of my mom’s and aunt’s story.  I think both techs really took their time and got clean clear shots of me, knowing that this really could be an issue.

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I am awaiting my results. They should arrive in a week. I know that God is with me and I am in His hands. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have this mammogram done!

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I am teaming Up with my pal Vicky Moore.  Please log on to her blog {here} to hear from this amazing woman and her story.  Vicky shares with us the top 10 reasons to go get a mammo. Her list had info I didn’t know and a few common sense reasons like, yep I want to keep my hair and “ladies” intact!

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We really want to encourage you to “Think Pink”.  Please take that next step toward your best health possible.  Don’t take no for an answer from your doctor either. Your doctor might need to be told that this is “really on your mind and weighing heavily on your peace of mind as you go to sleep at night”. That little phrase turned my doctor’s initial “no” into a “why not”.  That’s all I needed was her “yes” toward my healthiest life possible.

You can do it too! 

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  1. The best time to have a mammogram is when its just a check up and for peace of mind! My first one was due to a detection of a lump! I had a two week wait for my appointment, that meant two weeks of extreme worry and fear and what if's. I was 40 so supposedly outside of the risk age group, but I here I was with a lump. That meant the whole process was stressful (despite the wonderful staff) and the waiting felt sssssoooo long! The results were wonderful - not cancer, not even a cist, but it was documented and I was put on the list for early free screening (its free here for ages 45-65). My second time was a breeze in comparison and hopefully so to will all the rest I have over the years. Peace of mind is priceless :)

    1. Angela, I am so glad that you got an all clear. I had an abnormal pap when my son was 11 months old and I went to dark place during that 2 week wait. I loved that "all clear" test result more than anything by the end of 2 weeks.

    2. Your right, walking out of the doctors exam with the all clear was a total highlight! You couldn't wipe that smile off my face for days, my kiddo's didn't quite understand it (6 and10 at the time) cause I hadn't and couldn't tell them anything until I knew more. I even smiled through the half hour of crying, pure joy for life tears!

  2. You are TOO CUTE in the pics! Thanks for the great tips. Love you for helping this cause and bringing awareness.

  3. Thanks for sharing your tips! Think Pink is definitely a cause close to my heart. My mom was diagnosed last January and has gone through surgery, chemo, radiation, you name it! She has been such a trooper and so positive throughout this whole thing! We're waiting for final results right now to see if it's all gone! I will definitely be doing my yearly mammograms! I hope everyone else does too. Thanks for sharing! :)

    First Grade Garden

  4. Thank for sharing such a great post! Funny, i just scheduled mine today for next week. I don't have breast cancer in my family but colon cancer, so i have also been referred for you know what...sigh...havent made the call yet, but i will!

    1. Yikes! Prayers! Early detection is what matters!!!!

  5. As a woman who has breast cancer gene, I am thankful for mammograms. Grandmother, mother, and sister are thus far survivors. I get my mammogram faithfully.

  6. I love you KK! Only YOU could make a mamo look so adorable! Thanks for the reminder BTW-I've been putting it off.

  7. I thought you had to be a little older than I am for a mamogram- I just turned 30? Tell me if I'm wrong! But everytime I go visit my gyno, I get asked if I do breast self-exams, and I reluctantly have to tell them no. I need to get better that this- my ladies aren't very big, but they're still mine! :-)

    Growing Little Minds

    1. They may put you off at 30, but you have to decide when you should go and then just saty after your doctor.

  8. Great idea for a post, Katie! My mom and both grandmothers had breast cancer. My gyno wants me to begin getting mammograms at age 30-- kind of scary to start so early, but it will be worth it to have the peace of mind!

    EduKate and Inspire

  9. I had one at 35 and then started this year with annual exams…they're not so bad =)

    1. You are SOOOOOOO right Jennifer. They are not so bad!

  10. Great tips! When I scheduled mine, they told me to take ibuprofen before I came to help ease the pain. It helps! Great post!! I go every year on my birthday!

  11. Thanks for taking the time to share and remind:)

  12. I had to have my first mammogram last December at age 36 when my gyn found a suspicious lump. Your tips would have helped me out so much! Thankfully, I got the "all clear" and everything was fine. But now, I know what to expect the next time I have to have a mammogram. Thank you for these great tips!

    Shafer's Shenanigans


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