I’m writing this from my local hospital. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I’m just sitting in the lobby while it pours rain outside. Gracie is a long walk across the parking lot and I forgot my umbrella. I have big Texas hair and I don’t “do” walking in the rain very well. It’s warmish this morning so later on it’s going to feel like a bayou swamp outside.
I’m here at the hospital because every year, on or near my birthday, I have a mammogram done. When I was in my twenties I recalled hearing women talk about these simple diagnostic tests with cringing and complaining. I also remember the funny cartoon with the lady whose breasts were smashed flat like pancakes.
Fast forward twenty-something years and I’ve had kids, “the girls” have seen duty, miles, and wear and tear…and I’ve been having mammograms regularly for about seven years now. For a couple of years I neglected regular exams and screenings and then one of my author friends had a cancer scare. Thankfully, she’s clear now but she put the question to me.
“When was the last time you had a pap smear and a mammogram?”
“Well…I’m just so busy.”
“Bullshit. Make the appointment.”
I’m glad she did because when I went in, my gynecologist detected a problem that led to me having a hysterectomy in January of 2013. Since then, I’ve begun asking that question of my friends.
I’m honored to be participating again this year in the Inner Goddesses charity auction, which benefits The Pink Door, an organization that helps cancer survivors get back on their feet after cancer treatment.
In writing His Tattooed Virgin, I did a lot of research on the subject because my heroine, Jayne Sheridan, was a cancer survivor, who had put her life on hold during treatment which stretched out into years.
I’ve donated an autographed copy of His Tattooed Virgin, along with other Divine items, to the auction, which runs from May 2-May 10. The link for the event is right here
Many other authors have also donated signed books, e-books, autographed items, and other cool items as well. You can access the full list of auction items and a list of the authors donating right here
I hope that you’ll get in on the bidding and help to make the charity auction a huge success.
So…I have a question for you, lady…
When was the last time you went in for a routine checkup, like a pelvic exam, a pap smear, or a mammogram? If you’re taking your health seriously, and going for these on a regular basis then I have another question for you.
What about the man in your life?
Is he old enough for routine prostate exams? Can’t imagine having that conversation with him? I’ll hold your hand while you show him this post.
Go ahead, I’ll wait while you take this to him to show him:
Honey, It’s time to talk about visiting your doctor and getting a prostate exam. I know the thought makes you clench but I need you to do it. I want you with me (us) for a long, long time to come. Look at it this way…at least they won’t crank you open with a speculum or smash your ‘nads between two glass plates to do this test. All you have to do is relax, and turn your head and cough.
There. That’s my public service announcement and promo for the charity auction. We can now return to the naughty, smutty fun.
(This blog post was first shared in 2013 but has since been updated to be timely for the 2015 event.)