The Facts of Being 40.

I turned 40 in May. Have I said that before? Okay, either way…I’m 40.

40 means many things. When I was younger, I thought 40 was middle-aged (read that as kinda old), but I don’t feel old.

Well, I don’t feel old most of the time.

40 isn’t what I thought it would be. It’s better. I did not start wearing old people clothing. I’m still me. Still youthful and hip-ish.
My teen says if I say I’m cool, it’s a sure sign I’m not cool.
So…I’m not saying cool.
I’m still up on current music, and it does not confuse me..much. Well, no more than it did before I turned 40.

Bottom line, 40 isn’t all the horrible things I envisioned with my 13 year old mind.

I’m 40 and that’s okay.

No make-up, no fancy background, just me. Last night (10-18-11)

I am now 40, and

40 means taking better care of myself then I did before.

Which, for me, meant quitting smoking.

(Don’t worry I never smoked in the house or when I was pregnant, I was a good girl and always smoked away from my kids. I made a choice…they did not) Anyhooo….

I quit in early May. It’s not easy, even with the Commit Lozenges, but it is worth it.

40 means eating better, getting more exercise, making better choices

and

40 and female also means MAMMOGRAM.

That’s right, I said it.

MAMMOGRAM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s a scary word, to me. It means, to me, that my cancer risks have increased.

My Mother in Love is a breast cancer survivor, which has no genetic effect on me, but it does affect me and my family. So, I worry.

I’m a good girl, I went to get my mammogram.

The next morning, I got a call from the imaging center.

Houston, we have a problem.
I had abnormal results.

Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.

They want me to come back right away for more scans.

Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.

I agreed to return the next day.

Do I need to tell you that I was freaking out?

I was.

I am a worrier. So, I worried.

My sweet husband worked from home so he could go with me, Bless his heart.

I won’t keep you in suspense.

My second set of scans came back fine.

I’m chesty and I have some scar tissue, so they needed a few extra views to rule out any malignancy.

PHEW

I can breathe now.

Lucky for me, the imaging center processed my second set of scans right away.

The doctor came to speak with me as soon as I was dressed, to let me know that the scans were okay.

That was a huge relief.

Here are a few things I want to share with you about Mammograms.

  • It was uncomfortable, but not painful.
  • It was fairly quick.
  • Any woman 40 or over should have a mammogram every year.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a great website for Breast health and cancer information.

  1. Know your risk.
  2. Get screened.
  3. Know what’s normal for you.
  4. Make healthy lifestyle choices.

Ladies, please take care of your breasts. Think about your health, your family. Do self breast exams.

Men, take care of your breasts. Breast cancer in men is not a spook story. It’s real. Men get breast cancer too.

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35 Comments

  1. Owesome post, really important information we all need.
    Thank you Jami for all the tips, bless your heart.

  2. I’m glad you’re ok. Very informative and entertaining to read.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Tana! I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s nice to “meet” you.

  3. Woah lady, you most certainly do NOT look 40! And congrats on both quitting smoking and being cancer-free! Sorry you had to go through that scare, but glad you went in for the mammogram. Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family, but I will most certainly go in for mammograms as soon as needed.

    • Allie, you’re very sweet! Thank you.

      Quitting smoking is hard, but I’m doing really well. Except I might have just switched the addiction from cigarettes to commit lozenges. Eh. At least the lozenges are not going to cause lung cancer.

      • Pssht, not sweet, just honest ๐Ÿ™‚ And the lozenges definitely sound like the lesser of two evils, so I say go for what works.

      • That’s what I thought. The lozenges are better for me than smoking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Good for you getting a mammogram. I have a very high occurrence of breast cancer in my family, putting me at high risk too. I’ve had annual screenings since I was 35. I’m glad that your screenings turned out clear. It is all about knowing your body and getting any changes checked out quickly.

    (visiting via Pour Your Heart Out)

    • Thanks Tara.

      Because of the scar tissue I have, I’ve had two previous scans, but I’ve never been called back for a re-test. It was nerve racking.

      Thanks for the visit.

  5. Glad things turned out clear and I’m glad you don’t smoke anymore!

  6. The whole breast cancer/mammogram thing is scary. I don’t like to even think about it. Last March, a friend actually lost her 38 year old husband to breast cancer. He left my friend with two little girls. Can’t believe it really happened. We all need to take care of ourselves!

    • Marci,

      It’s important to remember that men are affected too.
      I’m so sorry for your friends loss. That is horrible.

  7. Kudos for quitting smoking!
    Have a happy day.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

  8. How scary! I’m so glad you are okay!

    • Thanks Shell. It’s crazy how a call back for a retest can scare the crap out of you!

  9. Good for you for going back. It may have been scary but luckily it wasn’t worse!

    • Thank you. I could not agree more. It was scary, but could have been much worse.

  10. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience; and for bringing awareness for this very important cause! 40 ain’t too bad girlfriend … don’t they say that life doesn’t start until you turn 40? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for the comment Yudith! You’re right, 40 ain’t too bad.

  11. I’m so happy to hear you’re healthy, happy, and tending to keeping yourself as good as you can be ๐Ÿ™‚ Go girl!

  12. so pleased for you the second set of results were nothing to worry about!

  13. Great post JamieAnne, good information to pass along. I believe in following my biological age which is how I feel and is much younger than my chronological age!! Lucky you with your baby sweet face you will stay young looking for a long time!!

  14. Happy Belated Birthday! And I love your perspective that now you have to take care of yourself. Thanks for all the info!

  15. JamieAnne, thanks for the reminder. I went to have a mammo done in the past couple of years, to check out my pregnancy-induced “suspicious lump.” I laugh now as I think about how I almost passed out. Turns out that’s what happens when you hold your breath. I was so scared that it was going to hurt… Wasn’t that bad. Next time I’ll breathe. I’m glad you’re okay!

    • It’s scary, but knowing the outcome if we don’t get scanned…Thanks for the comment.

  16. I will honestly say that I don’t think you look forty, like at all. And I’m glad you’re spreading the word about breast cancer awareness and screening. It’s so important that every woman do self exams and get mammograms.

    • Thank you, and I agree completely.

  17. You don’t look forty at all!:) Nice post~

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  18. Iยดm so sorry you had that scare and so pleased that all is ok. You are a fabulous 40 year old! I dreaded it, and it was the year I met Big Man and my life turned around – hope there are many wonderful things lined up for you in your 40s!!

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