Today I vow – no more mammograms for me – EVER! I realize this is a very bold statement, but bear with me for a minute.
I had an amazing experience yesterday at Breast Body Thermography of Middle Tennessee and I have to share it. I am forever a changed woman, and I’m refusing to ever be smashed in the mammography vice again!
I’ve heard about thermography for a few years now, but never explored this option until yesterday.
I had no idea what to expect and as I walked up the stairs towards the office of Victoria Bailey, CCT, CNHP, LDHS, I was drawn in. I heard gentle music playing before I opened the door . I was the only person in the office (a far cry from most mammography centers), and Victoria greeted me immediately upon arrival. I was NOT a number. I was a human with questions, anxieties and maybe a bit of fear. Yes, there was definitely fear because the last time I had a mammogram, it led to a lumpectomy. Even though everything was benign, the reality if that fear is part of my experience.
Is there a woman alive who doesn’t have some anxiety or fear about this test?
Here’s what to expect: First you chat with Victoria and she fully explains exactly what is going to happen. Her voice is calm and my anxiety began to dissipate. She leaves and you sit in the room reading a magazine (with your top off, but covered with a scarf) for 15 minutes while the room cools down. Thermography is based upon your body’s temperature. Once the 15 minutes is up, Victoria returns, you move to a chair and the imaging begins. You sit…swivel your chair when directed and the most energy you exert is raising your arms over your head. AMAZING! No boob smashing!
Here’s the thing…Thermography can show warning signs at the pre-cancerous stage of 90 days. Cancer cells double in number on average every 90 days. See chart below.
No pain and early detection is all the proof I need. Good news…I have “uneventful” boobs. We want uneventful boobs. Just sayin’.
A few other really eye-opening things.
I’m sharing so you can benefit, too.
- I learned that my lymphatic system is clogged. Our lymphatic system moves toxins from our bodies, so clogging is not optimal. Victoria told me about dry-brushing before showering. Read all about it here. I tried dry-brushing this morning and I might become addicted because it felt really good. It was also recommended that I get a few lymphatic drainage massages to get things going. Appointments made.
- My sinuses are wreaking havoc in my head – they’re red and inflamed and I have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Inflamed sinuses, however, drain into your gums and cause problems. I’m now using peppermint oil to get them moving and when I return in 90 days, I’ll see if this has helped.
- Victoria asked me if I used a whitener of any kind for my teeth. She knew this because my gums were showing signs of inflammation. Did you know that all these whiteners can cause serious problems for your gums? Me either. Here’s what you do. Brush your teeth like normal; rinse and then take a cotton swab and wipe it along your upper and lower gums to get rid of the residue. Then rinse again.
- I was also informed about the benefits of oil pulling. Now I’ve heard about this, but I was clueless as to the myriad of benefits. This morning I added oil pulling to my morning regimen. It’s not nearly as nasty as it sounds. I did not do it for the recommended 20 minutes. I made it for 10. Fascinating to read about this. Want to learn more? Go here. I can’t wait for the results.
- The best news of course, were my uneventful boobs, but coming from someone who really dreads the whole doctor thing…I am amazed at what I learned. And the greatest news of all is that I never have to experience being smashed in the vice machine again!
Full disclosure: Thermography, sadly, is not covered by medical insurance. I won’t go all political here, but it has nothing to do with its safety or effectiveness. For me, it was worth every single penny and I especially love it when I can take actionable steps towards improving my own health and wellness.
***If you don’t live in Middle Tennessee and you want to explore your options, simply Google Breast Thermography and the area where you live and you should be good to go.