Monthly Archives: October 2012

Skipping Halloween

October 29, 2012

Here on the east coast, we may actually be skipping Halloween, and it won’t really bother me. With this hurricane-noreaster-monster storm coming and lurking around, we may have a rain-out for Halloween night. The kids costumes are ready (well, almost) and have been selected and changed myriad times since last October 31st. So what happens […]

For a Happy Halloween – Save the Scary Movies

October 22, 2012

Many thanks to Kate Oliver of www.help4yourfamily.com for this guest post on scary movies and gauging your child’s developmental readiness for viewing them. By Kate Oliver, MSW, LCSW-C In my house, Halloween is second only to Christmas. My children are still at an age where they want to dress up and trick or treat. They […]

Birth Like an Elephant

October 15, 2012

Birth your baby like an elephant births. Female elephants in the wild encircle a birthing mother and protect her within this ring. As human mammals, historically in the U.S. and as a continuing practice in more traditional cultures, we, too, should surround ourselves with strong, nurturing women to hold our birthing space for us. Birth […]

How New Moms Can Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse

October 11, 2012

I’m happy to offer you this guest post on how to prevent pelvic organ prolapse. Whether you’ve just had your baby or have teenagers, it’s important to build and maintain a healthy pelvic floor! No one likes to do those Kegel exercises, but here’s another reason to keep at it. Thank you to DrugWatch.com for […]

Voting: Teaching Kids Responsibility

October 8, 2012

I have voted in every election since the day I was legal to vote. My birthday is the first week in November and the year I turned 18 it happened to fall on election day. I’m a committed voter, I even vote in all the less exciting in-between elections. I’m a big believer in upholding […]

Mammograms During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2012

This post was originally published May 31, 2012, I am reposting it in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take care of yourself!

mammogram recheck, breast cancer awareness month, pink ribbon tree, There was a message left at 1:27 pm yesterday, the day after my mammogram, “Please call us back.” Call them back? What about just waiting for that nice letter that arrives next week to tell me everything is okay?

Hours had passed and kids swarmed the kitchen as I listened to the message. I waited until I dropped them off at afternoon activities, I was alone in the parking lot and I clutched the note paper with the number of the Anne Pappas Center scribbled on it. The woman who answers is so busy she needs to call me back. “Breathe,” I tell myself and I wait. At 4:55 pm, I worried that I hadn’t heard and that they’d close for the night, I couldn’t wonder overnight, so I called back apologizing for my repeat call. She was very sweet, just very busy and promised to call me before she left.

True to her word, she called me reporting that they want to do an ultrasound, we were able to schedule it for the next day, today, two days after my original mammogram.

I have had mammograms for several years now starting with a diagnostic check of a lump in my right breast, everything has been fine with that year after year. I wondered if something had changed. I prayed. I thought of my friends who had fought and are fighting breast cancer at a young age, at my age. I thought about how the kids have giggled at me crying to the Martina McBride song, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

I’m not in a high risk category; I have no family history, I had my first full term pregnancy and birth before age 30, I breastfed three kids. Breastfeeding has a cumulative protective factor and I’d nursed two babies for over a year each and my third for two years (a long time from our culture’s viewpoint, but in my doula-ing-breastfeeding-birthie world, not long enough. I digress). I’m not high risk, but, really, I know that doesn’t mean I’m not AT risk as a woman with boobs. mammogram call back, spot compression mammogram

Nervous all morning, I distracted myself by watering my vegetable garden, vacuuming, organizing my desk and making hard boiled eggs. My calendar alert nudged me to my car, I was suddenly very jittery and the drive to Providence seemed longer than normal.

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