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From: pretnichols
Date: 05-02-2006, 07:21 AM (1 of 12)
Many women are afraid of their first mammogram, but there's no need to worry. By taking a few minutes each day for a week preceding the exam, and doing the following practice exercises, you will be totally prepared. And you can do this right in your own home!

Exercise 1:

Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast between the door and the main box. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut and lean on the door for good measure. Hold that position for five seconds (while you hold your breath). Repeat again, in case the first time wasn't effective enough.

Exercise 2:

Visit your garage at 3 am when the temperature of the cement floor is just perfect. Take off your clothes and lie comfortably on the floor with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up unt il your breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

Exercise 3:

Freeze two metal bookends overnight. Strip to the waist. Invite a stranger into the room. Press the bookends against one of your breasts. Smash the bookends together as hard as you can. Set an appointment with the stranger to meet next week and do it again!!


Now you have nothing at all to worry about when you go for your Mammogram!

Send this to all the women you know, and brighten their day!

So little time, sew much to do...........
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-02-2006, 07:57 AM (2 of 12)
I did all that and it didn't help.
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 05-02-2006, 08:13 AM (3 of 12)
My problem is calming my nerves. After having a lump removed now I get so nervous when I have to go. Any suggestions other than drugs or alcohol?

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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-02-2006, 09:17 AM (4 of 12)
Any suggestions other than drugs or alcohol?

Works for me
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-02-2006, 09:29 AM (5 of 12)
Stay very busy.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-02-2006, 09:37 AM (6 of 12)
I learned to take my mind to a quiet place to help get over that nervouses. I too had a lump removed and my mom had breast cancer, so I can get really nervous. It sounds silly but if you can do it, it helps calm you down while everything is going on around you.

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-02-2006, 10:33 AM (7 of 12)
Nothing would have helped me with my nerves when I got a call from my doctor's office asking me if I had had my follow-up mammogram....the doctor's office called and left that message on my answering machine on a Friday Sept. 15th. As the office was closed, I couldn't call back until Monday. The original mammogram they were referring to was taken on Aug. 2nd. No one had called me about a follow-up! By calling around to different hospitals and explaining the situation, I finally got an app't for the follow-up...on October 10th. That was the longest month of my find out everything was OK.
TTFN from
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 05-02-2006, 10:38 AM (8 of 12)
Don't understand why they leave those kind of messages on your answering machine. Really glad everything turn out ok though.

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From: Magot
Date: 05-02-2006, 12:34 PM (9 of 12)
You fill me with confidence Peggy! Maybe someday I'll be amongst that happy band of squished ladies...
love and kisses, Jan
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From: pretnichols
Date: 05-02-2006, 08:25 PM (10 of 12)
I have to be honest. I really don't mind going and being "squished". It's really not that bad, especially if you have a really good technician. I think flat-chested women have a tougher time than others (not that I am super endowed).

That being said however, I always get bad mammograms results and have to go to the next level up. I've had a lump aspirated (fluid filled cyst) and was told that I had a fibro-cystic problem and it would continue throughout my lifetime.

2 years ago I went through a long series of mammograms to identify whether a large (2-3cm) lump was a lump or cyst. I never felt it as it was very deep inside. Again, I was scheduled for a biopsy. However, they found nothing??? The lump/cyst was gone completely. I had been prepped for a biopsy, but they did a final screening to be sure of the location. I'm not sure who was more stunned....the doctors (yes there were 3), the technician, or me! I hurried up and got dressed and went outside to the waiting room. My aunt was waiting outside for me, since my MOm was at home with my little one and the others. She was crying when I told her the news.

However, I just dread going this year as I didn't go last year. Got hollered at for skipping a year too.

None-the-less, it is an important to get one done!

So little time, sew much to do...........
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From: PatternMart
Date: 05-02-2006, 10:23 PM (11 of 12)
I giggled until I realized that I'll be due for my first one here in a few years. Yikes, doesn't sound like it's too pleasant. But ofcourse worth it so I'll be there when the day comes. But I won't be all that cheerful I'm sure (:
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From: Sancin
Date: 05-03-2006, 03:12 AM (12 of 12)
I have had many mammograms and many biopsies d/t fibrocystic disease and family history (every female on both sides of my family have died of breast cancer, except my mother and I suspect she had it). After the last mammogram and breast biopsy and then a biopsy on my arm I told the hospital staff that there didn't seem to be any part of my body that wasn't in a bottle somewhere in the hospital and that soon there wouldn't be any more breast tissue to biopsy. I was very very nervous and frightened with my first biopsy 35 years ago so much so that I think I got all the fear out of me. I realized after the first I could do nothing until the results were known and even then not much and I try to stick with my promise to myself to take one day at a time and even one minute at a time.

Now about those phone calls. Many years ago I was a nurse in a clinic that had to make those phone calls - back in the days before answering machines, so don't blame me for messages left. The vast majority of reason's, if not all, for recall is not that there is anything wrong with the patient's cells. It usually is that the fixative did not properly stabalize the cells on the slide or that the slide broke in transit!! I didn't know this when I started my job so phoned the cancer clinic and was told this and I believe them. :sick:

PS There are worse diagnositic tests and biopsies! :shock:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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