My Breasts are OK
There is a saying that “good things come in small packages” and I am happy to say my small package is doing just fine.
Two years ago I turned the BIG 4-0. I won’t say I was looking forward to turning 40 because it meant the end of the best decade I have had so far. I struggled a lot through my teens with self insecurities. My 20’s were spent travelling, becoming really over weight and often believing the grass was greener elsewhere. My 30’s is when I finally began accepting who I was and becoming a mother to 4 children helped that immensely. So I hit the 40’s with a little trepidation.
Ever since becoming a mother, I have taken my health quite seriously. I don’t want my children to go through the years dieting, self loathing and wasted anxiety over things you can never change. So when I found out that when you tune 40, you are entitled to a free breast examination with Breast Screen Australia, I jumped at the chance.
I had a little scare which you can read about here, but in the end the results were good.
When I received a call from Breast Screen Australia recently about my 2 year check up, once again I happily booked my appointment. And why not? I am healthy. I haven’t felt any lumps in my breasts. I haven’t seen any changes in my breasts.
The lovely Jo Hall promotes Breast Screen Australia and when she says, “It takes 10 minutes, it’s with a woman and it’s free,” she means every word of it.
I was shown to the room by a wonderful radiologist. She made me feel comfortable and asked me a few simple questions about my breasts.
- Had I seen any changes from my last scan?
- Did I have any concerns before we started?
- Do I have any questions?
She made me feel comfortable, intelligent and she never rushed me. With only the two of us in the room, I was asked to remove my clothing so I was naked from the waste up ( so unless you want to stand there in your knickers, where pants not a dress). Four pictures are required, two on each breast at different angles. I’ll be honest and say it is a little awkward when a complete stranger handles your breasts, putting it on the machine and moving nipples until she gets the image she is after. However, for the peace of mind, I’ll take that little awkward moment any day.
The radiologist will then check the pictures just to make sure they are good quality images and that is it. Two weeks later you will get the results, however if they see anything suspicious, they will contact you much sooner. I was told that often with your very first check, they get you back because they have nothing to compare the images to and they are extremely thorough.
I am happy to report, my little packages are all healthy and I can wait another 2 years before I do it all again.
Have you ever had a breast examination? Are you over 40 years old? Come on then, let’s get the puppies checked.