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Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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We all have vices. It’s how many of us deal with stress. And most of the time, our vices aren’t the most healthy. You may drink, smoke, eat candy, eat chips….the list goes on.

And “reformed” people who have given up a vice can be the worst! For example, I smoked for years and I heard about it all the time from my mom. She is a “former” smoker and constantly gave me a hard time. And I mean until I was in my 40’s!

Now I think I’m turning into one of “those” people. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s almost over. Now just because it’s almost over doesn’t mean I’ll shut up. LOL! But I am here to remind you to please schedule a mammogram. It’s weird because I finished treatment for breast cancer in September and I’m still dealing with issues. I never realized that just because you’re done with radiation, doesn’t mean it’s done with you.

In 2020 due to COVID, I missed my yearly mammogram. When I went this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I say this often, but it’s true: I am truly one of the lucky ones. Doctor’s found it early, I had surgery, and then went through radiation. It was a fast process. So fast that I’m not sure I mentally absorbed everything. It’s a bit overwhelming.

Since my diagnosis, I’ve encouraged others to get a mammogram. I’m thankful that so many women have followed through! Many have told me that they did it because of me, which makes me happy. If I can help or inspire others, then it’s worth me sharing my story. I wanted to talk about my diagnosis on-air because it’s important. And because so many other women have experienced what I went through.

So, yeah. Here I am being one of THOSE people, harping for you to get a mammogram. I realize it’s an appointment that’s annoying and a bit uncomfortable, but that’s better than having scars on your breast or even losing a breast. Make it happen! Please and thank you! Take care of you!