Today was my annual mammogram. I absolutely hate having this test done. I can handle pain, since I live with it on a constant basis. IV’s, no big deal anymore. Pain injections into my joints, hah! But since I’ve had my thymectomy, which is just like open heart surgery, well my chest was cracked and opened and I have a huge zipper scar, going through a mammogram has been torture.
I was told that because it takes a long time for the scar and the muscles to fully heal, the positioning and pulling of a mammogram can be very painful. The first one after the surgery was the worst. I was actually crying, not from my boobs being squashed, but from the chest wall muscles being pushed and pulled. Each year after it was just a little bit better.
Today was the first year it didn’t hurt. When I told the technician, she said that I’d probably have to go through it again. She figured she didn’t “compress” me enough. But after waiting a few minutes, I was told the films were fine. I was done for another year!