When you feel great, you look great. If you really believe this rule, I have a personal challenge for you: Schedule a doctor’s appointment — whether it’s time to get one on the calendar this week or plan ahead for next year’s annual checkup.
Now, if you’re already thinking twice about this challenge, I have a more important question: What’s holding you back?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This is according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Here’s another fact: “When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%.”
This means that it’s time to stop for a moment, ladies. This means that it’s time for a checkup. Here are a few ways to journey through this important decision:
“Girl, you need to go to the doctor.”
You’re loved. You’re valued. You’re supported. When your friends encourage you to go to the doctor, listen. Friends often notice things that we may miss through our busyness or fear of accepting that something may not be right. Friends can hold each other accountable by checking in or even tagging along for a doctor’s visit. Be grateful for your squad and how they want to walk with you through so many parts of your life.
“Your grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.”
Do you have any family members who were diagnosed with breast cancer? Respectfully ask questions and listen. Take notes on if they saw any signs, when they were diagnosed, and how they responded to the news. Don’t let this information scare you about your future. Instead, be empowered to advocate for your health.
“No one knows your body better than you.”
Listen to your body, pay attention to new changes, and don’t dismiss your concerns. Since beginning menopause, I’ve learned to be much more upfront about my feelings and symptoms during a doctor’s appointment. A doctor’s appointment is not the time to put feelings aside and hope you’ll feel better next week. This is your time to be open and honest about questions or concerns. Trust your gut and remember that early detection is key.
I’ve already scheduled my appointment. Have you made room on your calendar?