Our yearly More than Pink Walk on Newport Beach was canceled because of COVID-19, so I organized my own walk around Marbella Country Club, in San Juan Capistrano, California, to celebrate my 8-year anniversary of being cancer-free.
On a sunny day 8 years ago, I had my annual gynecologic exam. All went well, and I scheduled my next-year appointment. My next stop was my yearly mammogram, which I had put off for 3 months (shame on me!). I normally have it on my birthday, as my birthday gift to myself. That appointment did not go as well. The mammogram showed a small mass on my left breast.
Then the race had begun to get the cancer out of my body and go on with my life. I am blessed with 8 years of being cancer-free, and life is good. My message: Get those mammograms!