Sunday, May 16, 2010

For G

I am afraid

“I am afraid,” a friend said to me last week when I asked her to go for a mammogram. “It is better to be afraid now then to face consequences later,” I told her.

The truth is, many women are scared to go for a mammogram. It’s a simple test, like an X ray wherein any abnormalities can be detected early enough. But many women avoid it.

Why aren’t women afraid to meet school friends once a year? Why aren’t women afraid to have haircuts? Why aren’t women afraid to go on an annual vacation? Think of a yearly mammogram and a physical check as part of your routine, just as some of these activities. Mark a day, once a year, for all the women in your family. Go for a mammogram with your best friend. But don’t avoid it.

The proximity of the disease means I have to undergo mammograms and checks regularly.

It also means I will continuously tell all the women I know closely and those in my family to go for mammograms and check ups regularly.

Don’t let this disease take away any more of those we love. Don’t be afraid.

1 comment:

Ritu said...

i am always faced with this word wherever i conduct workshops and it takes a lot of efforts to consel women who have facilities in their areas to go for appropiate check up. It a uphill battle, which even people in US faced about 50years back. so things will change even if its at snails speed.

i am taking cancer survivors and their care givers and those connected with disease on a 154 days rally in north.
If anybody is interested, mail me on mission highways@gmail.com

best wishes ritu