Why Would They Recommend This?!?

by Kelly on December 11, 2009

I recently found a website that I think you’ll like.  It’s called Owning Pink and it’s a “gutsy guide to getting your mojo back”.  It a place devoted to helping women (and men) reclaim their authentic selves.
One thing (ok, maybe TWO things) I am grateful for are my BOOBIES!  Have you heard the new recommendations for mammograms???  Owning Pink posted a great article about it here: http://bit.ly/1otyGK
Quite honestly, I think it’s CRAP!  One of the “reasons” for upping the mammogram age is because women are going through undue trauma due to false alarms.  Which would YOU rather have… a false alarm or undetected breast cancer???  Although the U.S. Preventative Task Force is who has issued the new recommendation,  I have a sneaking suspicion that insurance companies and money are involved. 
Although your insurance company may not end up covering as many mammograms as they used to, NO ONE can tell you not to do monthly self exams!  Continue to do your monthly self exams and get to know your breasts.  More than ever, it is more important to take responsibility for your health and Feel Your Boobies.
That’s my two cents.  I’m stepping off my soapbox now… 
I’d LOVE to hear your opinion on this!  Please leave a comment and let me know how this touches your life and your views on it.  This is real life stuff… we need to get this conversation going!
Love your boobies,
After I wrote this, I ran across a very eye opening post on Nerissa Oden’s blog.  It got me thinking about my Law of Attraction beliefs and how they relate to breast cancer. 

In all other areas of my life, I believe that what you focus your attention on grows.  Why wouldn’t the same go for breast cancer?  Maybe it’s our fearing it, testing for it, and fighting it that is making the disease bigger and bigger.

I was giving into the fear (as Nerissa said).  I can’t help but think about my grandmother.  She knew someone who had tongue cancer that incapacitate him.  She put her attention on it over and over again throughout the years, saying with emotion ”Oh, how horrible!  I hope that never happens to me.”  Several months ago, she was also diagnosed with tongue cancer and the doctors were perlexed because she had never smoked.  Is it simply a coincidence?  (As a side note, she is doing well at the moment and is in the process of being nursed back to health.)

Please don’t misunderstand… I am in NO WAY blaming anyone for their cancer.  People often create unconsciously.  I am just saying that I want to be a part of the solution instead of the problem.

As of today, I am not giving into the fear.  Check back in later… I might have changed my mind again!   LOL :D

Again, I’d love to hear your thought on this (especially since my mind wasn’t as made up as I thought).  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Geoff Hoff December 11, 2009 at 6:30 am

OOoooh, controversy! :-)

We get sick. It’s a fact. Look deeply enough and we can see how we invited the sickness in. That may be a powerful place to look while healing yourself. It is not about blame, it is an opportunity to grow, to learn the lessons. It’s about being responsible, not for the past, but for this moment forward, and this moment forward, and this one.


Shairah December 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I think people tend to think in terms of extremes. In our minds things are either good or bad, write or wrong. I tend to think the answer lies somewhere in between, especially in this case. I agree that we should never let ourselves live in fear of things like death and disease. Not just because of LOA but also because fear will never change anything. It will only assist in making YOU more miserable (and I should know…I’m one of those “worriers”. At the same time, I think it is good to know your body and take preventative measures when it comes to disease. It’s like taking care of your house. You want to keep your gutters clean and do regular maintenance to your home without living in fear that it will catch on fire. How does this relate to the breast cancer issue? Well here’s my two cents; do your monthly breast exams, get to know your body, don’t stress out TOO much about mammograms (get one when you need to or when you THINK you have a good reason to)…..and most importantly, GO WITH YOUR INSTINCTS! If your instincts are telling you something is not quite right then maybe it isn’t. It’s all about moderation! :)


Mtn Jim Fisher December 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I love reading about boobies first thing in the morning Kelly! You make some great points (no pun intended LOL).

From my perspective as an RN, you can’t separate the mind/body thing…one “infects” the other, and vice versa.

And from the metaphysical side, YOU (that’s the Big YOU, in capital letters, not the little you/ego) are creating everything that comes into your awareness, including breast cancer.

Blaming things on outside influences just helps us avoid the responsibility of creation!

So I say again…just Enjoy The Ride, even when it gets a little bumpy!

Mtn Jim


Kat December 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Dear Kelly,
Due to our current position in the evolution of “Life” and “Expansion of Consciousness”, I must say that you are “Dancing into the arena of endless debate”.
I could tell stories for days on end that illustrate both sides of this coin.
The only answer to any question at any moment is the one right that is right for you.
There will be those who agree with you and those who don’t.
IMHO ~ It is important to honor your truth and at the same time stay open to new ideas.
All too often I see people who are blown about by the winds of change because they listen to others and adopt their way of thinking.
(usually because they lack confidence and trust in themselves)
And then there are others who hold so tightly to the concrete ideas, opinions and concepts they have formed that their lives are nothing more than robotic acts of movement with no substance.
At a very young age, I had my first mammogram.
Ordered by an incredibly good looking DR., with a reputation of credibility that spanned several states, at the prestigious Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. I can still recall the details of the image he presented as he sat at the desk across from me and read the report.
Based on his in-depth expertise, he truly believed that the final words of warning that he uttered were truth.
A young girl, with no medical background…Who was I to doubt what he was saying? But, I did.
Something inside me said NO.
It was not the NO of fear or denial, just a simple “sorry, you are mistaken”.
30+ years later, the image he presented has not come to pass.
In the spirit of honest communication, I will say that there have been times throughout the years where the image has gained momentum and I found myself in that place of fear and doubt.
My response to those times was to simply go get a mammogram.
Not because I thought the image was coming to fruition, but to validate my initial response and nip the fear in the bud, so to speak.
Also in those years, I watched a close friend, who just couldn’t wrap her head around this concept, take on a similiar image. I tried at first to persuade her to look a little closer at the energy she was adding to how this would play out for her. It fell on deaf ears.
Two masectomys and many rounds of chemo later, and even though each event brings the news of “you’ve beat it”, I can only stand by and watch as the image plays out again and again.

Anyway…this is suppossed to be a comment, not a book. :)


p.s. I absolutely love OwningPink. The girls over there embody the faith. love and hope of all that we can become.
Correctly stated, that should read, they are on the forefront of showing us how to become conscious of all that we already are.


Catharine December 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

A couple of comments. First, people who never think about the possibility of an illness or problem can get hit with a surprise. I don’t like the notion of “attractng” illness because I think it’s cruel to blame people who get sick. That said, I *do* recommend getting second and third opinions. I had trouble following Kat’s story: what did the first doctor suggest and why were the mammograms so helpful? Was the double mastectomy hers or her friend’s?

Second, mammograms (like all tests) have two kinds of errors. From what I’ve read (I’m not a medical expert), mammorgrams have a 90% false positive rate. That means if ten women get reports of “Cancer Suspected,” 9 of those reorts will be wrong. The danger isn’t just the worry and fear. There are consequences associated with biopsies and further treatment. So each woman must make this decision for herself.

On the other hand, mammograms also have false negatives. The test itself isn’t perfect and doctors sometimes misread the xrays or neglect to share the info with the patient.

It’s a very personal decision that has become politicized.


Dale Anderson December 13, 2009 at 7:20 am

My wife is a 15 year breast cancer survivor, she detected it herself the mammogram did not show it she just felt pain and discomfort she went to the doctor another mammogram no sign, doctor did not find anything, 3 weeks later she went back in and demanded more tests, they did a biopsy bingo the big C was there, a particularly nasty non localized type. A full mastectomy and months of chemotherapy later it was gone.

Since then my sister, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law all had breast cancer so I vote for early detection and sometimes like in my wife’s experience that mean being aware of what your body tell you and trusting that gut feeling.



Kelly December 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Thanks to everyone for all the great comments. Wow, what a discussion! :)

I’m starting to think for me that the answer lies somewhere in being balanced. I’m not going to spend my time worrying that I’ll end up with breast cancer, yet I’ll still go get regular mammograms. But I can only speak for myself.

What I am hearing from people is that everyone is different. I love that so many people pointed out listening to intuition and inner nudges. After all, we seem to know more about our own bodies than the doctors usually do.

I wanted to say thank you again to everyone for sharing such personal stories. I am truly honored. Keep ‘em coming! :)


Heather January 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

WOW I’m so shocked nobody has mentioned Thermograms instead of Mammograms! They are not invasive and can pick up so much more than mammograms. They are safer and easier for ‘the girls’ as well. I had a cyst once, and a mammogram couldn’t even pick it up even though I could clearly feel it. Also, many people that develop breast cancer do not have a family history of it. The deal with thermography is that insurance may not cover it (mine did not) and it is somewhat difficult to find someone that does them. (Persistence pays off, attitude and mindset is everything, LOVE the laws of attraction!!!) Remember, you are paying the doctor, you can fire them if you do not agree, and speak up! SO many ladies in my area are getting the run around with doctors with something this important! So love on the girls every so often! And check your skin too!

I am loving this website!! <3 <3 <3


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