November 1st

October 28, 2011 by Julie Moon

My first appointment…with a breast surgeon in Atlanta.  Mom is going with me.   It makes me feel good to be in action…moving towards something.  I went today and picked up my old mammogram films.  I feel so grateful to have my family nearby…and have my mother with me for this journey.  It’s time to do what needs to be done.

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud

was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

I am almost 34.  I feel so young to even be thinking about this sort of thing but at the closing ceremony, in pink, I saw so many women who looked to be my age.  How in the world? It’s overwhelming…daunting to think about how many people are affected by this disease.  I feel nauseous when I think about it.  My grandmother was 38…so very close to my age.   What if we didn’t have this research?  What if I didn’t know or have access to surveillance testing. I am humbled.  It reminds me that you have to live life everyday to the full.  Do what you really want…be who you really want to be.


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