Bridget Smith

What led me to Northfield Hospital & Clinics

It had been seven years since my last mammogram. My doctor browbeat me into finally going for one. I had no family history, so I didn’t think anything about it. I was called back for an ultrasound, and then a biopsy at the Breast Care Center in Northfield.

My Experience

I just wanted it out as quickly as I could. I opted for mastectomy because I really wanted to be sure it was gone. I’ve got to be honest: I put my head in the sand. I didn’t do any research, just made up my mind without considering other options. I guess I didn’t want to know, and wasn’t capable of handling it at the time. If I had to do it over, I might have made different choices. My husband cried more than I did when he shaved my head. I hated for him to have to do that. But I couldn’t go to a salon to do it; that would have been so impersonal. When you go through something like this, you take every speck of happiness or good news exceptionally well. We had just had our third grandson, and my husband would put him in my arms and we would sleep together on the couch. It was such a blessing to have him while going through that.

Where I'm at Now

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wake up and wonder if there’s cancer in my body. Until you go through it, there’s no way to know your fears and your take-for-granteds.

My Advice

My advice? Definitely get your mammograms. I probably wouldn’t have bothered because I had no family history and no markers for tracking. Take care of yourself. Ask for help. And remember: Everything you feel is OK.

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