Technology can be of little help. When something “breaks” or if the system is down, it is so easy to have it change your outlook and destroy your whole day. Speaking as someone who has lost important data countless times, I know how you feel. However, so many things are easier because of technology. Having experts that can help every day, like the friendly staff at Digital 55, can feel like a win! Any time of the year it is important to refocus your Stinking Thinking to an Attitude of Gratitude. An attitude of gratitude forces you to get outside of your problems and look at the bigger picture.
If it feels like nothing is going right, take a break from whatever is causing you frustration immediately and use some simple tips to recalibrate your thoughts.
People who are grateful are happier people. It’s never too late to start cultivating an attitude of gratitude. People will notice a difference in your life and it will start a positive perpetual cycle where you will feel better as the people around you feel better. Get started right now. What are you grateful for?
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We have all heard that taking charge of your healthcare is important. But actually doing it can be rather intimidating, especially when it comes to getting your first mammogram.
Most of us have known someone who found a breast lump at one point or another. Whether they are benign or not, the possibility is terrifying. So, the idea of going to look for something that you cannot actively feel seems like you are looking for trouble. This is where being your own health care advocate becomes important. Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get checked.
Most doctors don’t recommend women start getting yearly mammograms until they are in their 40’s (usually age 40-44). My mammogram journey began early because I have a family history of breast cancer. In cases like mine doctors usually recommend biennial (every other year) screenings starting 10 years of age before the family member was diagnosed.
The nurses are very friendly and welcoming. They readily answer any questions I have and have kind eyes behind their masks. They lead me to a locker room where I am told to replace my top and bra with the cloth robe and lock up my belongings. In the locker there I find a mini deodorant and bag of chocolates for after my visit.
I am led to a dark room with the dreaded mammography machine (dun dun dunnn!) There is one nurse in the room to help “position” you in the machine and another behind a window who can see what images are being taken by the machine. Here is where I began to get some answers. It was dark so that they could see the images, and no perfume or deodorant because they did not want it all over their super expensive machinery. Also, despite the hype about mammograms being painful vice like devices, it is more uncomfortable than painful. The ladies there tell me that my doctor should have my results within a week.
While it was not the best experience of my life, it was far from the worst. This is something I will have to do for many years to come, and I will always hope for the best outcome. I would encourage other women to go get their mammograms done when asked to do so by their health care providers. If you have any questions or concerns talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or friends who have been through this process.
Let’s take the mystery out of mammograms and become advocates, not only for ourselves, but for each other. Perhaps Serena Williams said it best when she told People Magazine, “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” So ladies, let’s be each other’s advocates and cheerleaders in every aspect of life.
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 American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer, July 30, 2020, https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html
 Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines, 2020, https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/types/breast/mammograms-breast-exams/screening-guidelines-breast
This is the last weekend to enjoy a corn maze! Corn Mazes offer great memories for couples or families. Most mazes are open from September or October until Oct 31 or Nov 1. Make sure you enjoy the beautiful fall colors and support your local family farm before they’re closed for the season!