"Mum About Mammograms" by Wanjeri Gakuru
I’ve never gotten a mammogram so all I know about it is second-hand information i.e. snippets from movies and television series and the odd Google-age. The problem is that I have a negative attitude towards hospitals, tests and the general world of medicine.
I have a see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil attitude towards the whole thing. I fear that I speak for many people when I say that I have to get physically sick [bumps,bruises and blisters] to actually do something! But did you know that the world has been screaming at me from day one to get my act together?
I gaze upon my ‘lady lumps’ every day. [Can I really see no evil?]
I lost my grandma to cervical cancer way before I was born, so I grew up knowing that my family has a history of cancer. [Will I hear no evil?]
I’m part of a campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. [Shall I speak no evil?]
Maybe the women in snippets from the films and tv shows were wincing in pain or covering their bits in shame, but you know what? Even if they were acting it out, they did it, that which we all need to
So I shall see no evil in getting a mammogram, I shall not hear my mind as it says ‘there are no blisters or bruises or bumps’ and I’ll definitely NOT stay mum about mammograms.