There are many things- (and people) I can attribute to saving my life, but the bottom line is, it was me. It is difficult for me to take credit, because there are so many others who played such important roles in my recovery but it was my diligence in getting screened yearly that made all the difference in the outcome. I was blessed to have my manager and co-workers support through it all. And now that we are fortunate to have a benefit at St Mary's that offers PTO (Paid Time Off) to cover these screening visits, there is NO reason NOT to get them done. If like me, you have a family history, and just getting a routine mammo brings you anxiety, worry and fear, there are things you can do to help with that. Do it with a friend- or your sister. Make your appointments together, back-to-back and be there for each other. Take a good book to read, or music to listen to so your mind is occupied while you wait. No matter what you have to do to get through it. GET SCREENED. There is a good chance that it may one day save your own life.