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Paula Nordin holds a pink pumpkin in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Paula Nordin holds a pink pumpkin in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Paula Nordin recounts her mammogram experience.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many women mark this month by scheduling a mammogram. For some, it will be their first and they may be dreading it because of the stories that circulate. “Well I'm here to tell them that I am no longer a mammogram first timer and there is nothing to it,” says, Paula Nordin a USMC Veteran from Plato, Mo. who is enrolled with Truman VA. “One of my coworkers may have summed it up best when she described her mammogram experience as less invasive than a bra fitting.” Paula says, “For me, it did not feel like having body parts slammed in a refrigerator door and it did not bring tears to my eyes.” Paula recounts her experience: Last month, when I arrived for my mammogram, the friendly staff greeted me. Before I could finish drinking my cup of coffee, I was escorted to the dressing room. The technician will be positioning you the way you need to be on and at the digital mammography machine followed by painless condensing of your breast. The technician flips a switch and then frees your beloved body part. However, I stress it did not hurt. Fourteen minutes after arriving, I was done and my coffee was still warm. A few weeks later, I received a postcard indicating that the images did not reveal any abnormality. I share my positive experience with you, because I understand the importance of routine screening. Thank you for transforming this experience for me! So, in closing, if you are a woman and have not had a mammogram, make that appointment now! Spread this message on to other women. Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program