I just walked into the house. I spent the evening at Summit Medical Group listening to Amy Robach speak about her experience with conquering breast cancer. Even though I have been an SMG patient almost my entire life, they only “targeted” me through Facebook ads recently. The very first ad I saw was the one for tonight’s event. I RSVPed immediately because I knew I wanted to hear Amy speak. I have been following her story ever since she stepped into the Mammo Van on Good Morning America for her very first mammogram one year ago. Now, one year later, she speaks so that she may share the journey of her diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship with others. Amy is extremely committed to giving other women a “nudge” to get their mammograms.
My interest in Breast Cancer Awareness Month started many years ago. For whatever reason, breast cancer awareness became real to me in 1992 when Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with the disease. I see how many lives it touches. I see how common it is. I see how treatable it can be if detected early and, I’ll admit it, I see how the “breast cancer color” is pink. I love pink. Amy gently mocked me tonight for not wearing pink which was something I actually noticed as soon as I walked into the conference room. How could I not have worn pink? I’m usually the only one wearing pink; I’m never one of the few who ISN’T wearing pink!
Amy could not have been more lovely. Many women asked her questions. I was one of those women. My question was a little different from the other questions. Amy actually took the time to ask me follow-up questions and to brainstorm and offer suggestions. Breast cancer survivors who were attending the lecture also joined in on the discussion. I can’t relate to them in many ways because, thankfully, I have never had breast cancer but, in that moment, I felt like everybody was one body. I don’t know any other way to describe it because I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like it before. Since I’ve never had cancer, I said a few times that my perspective was different. Nobody reacted to me like it was, though. I actually happened to cross paths with Summit Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer in the parking lot on my way out and he stopped to thank me for my comments. Or…did he thank me for stopping my comments? I kid.
I’m not sure why I felt so compelled to blog about tonight or why it had an impact for me.
I AM sure about one thing, though. Even though I’m not “old enough” to get a mammogram, Amy Robach gave me my nudge and I will have my appointment scheduled the day after my 40th birthday (many, many years from now).
Please learn more about Amy’s experiences.
Thank you, Amy.