ORMC Breast Center - Mammograms; A Necessary Part to Sustaining Life

Real Estate Agent with SHAHAR Management

Today was my mammogram appointment.  An appointment I had been putting off (which you should never do!) because my last mammogram was such a horrible experience; for several reasons but mostly for the person who gave the mammogram but also because they found something on my mammogram.

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The person who did my mammogram last spring brought me to a room that was freezing.  When you are nervous you are already cold and being put into the cold makes things worse.  Why was I nervous? Any normal person would be nervous of course but for me each time I go it seems like I am on the countdown.  My mother had breast cancer, as did her mother and her mother before her.  My paternal grandmother also had breast cancer.

So back to last years visit.  I was then asked to drop my gown so she could begin.  This was the first time in 20 years of mammograms I have ever been asked to do this.  I was freezing so it made it hard to hold still and then without the gown the cold of course got worse not to mention that there was no reason to drop my gown.  But when you are in those situations you do what you are told.  While I was getting the mammogram done not only was she extremely rude but the pain was so intense it brought tears to my eyes at certain times and she basically told me to suck it up and she had to take another view.  It was one of the longest mammograms I have ever had. 

After someone looked at the films they found a lump in my left breast.  I then had an ultrasound and it could not be defined exactly what it was which of course led me to believe my time had come. 

After talking with a few friends I decided the place to go was the Ashikari Breast Center in Cortlandt Manor as Dr. Ashikari came highly recommended and is known all over the East Coast.  They put me in right away and their compassion and professionalism from the first phone call was outstanding.  Luckily Dr. Ashikari told me it was something that just needed to be watched and he was not concerned about it at all. 

Which brings me to today.  I had called my Dr. two weeks ago to tell her I was overdue on ray w moody breast centermy mammogram and why.  She was horrified and sent me to the ORMC Ray W. Moody Breast Center in Middletown, NY.   I believe I might have been there 1 other time in the distant past because as I arrived there I had a good feeling about the place like I had been there before. 

The person that came to get me for my mammogram took me straight back to the room and gave me my mammogram.  She was probably the gentlest, most considerate person I have ever had.  My mammogram took just a few short minutes and while it was being done she was so courteous about the movements of the gown, whether or not I was in pain and tried her best to make me comfortable as she was getting it done.  She almost brought me to tears with her kindness because I was so stressed and nervous after the last time. 

So if you need a mammogram please do not hesitate to go especially if you have had a bad experience, but if you are looking for a new place to go definitely go to the Ray W. Moody Breast Center in Middletown.  And if a pretty blond lady named Karen comes out to get you, you know you are in good hands, (literally) for your mammogram.  Karen I am so grateful for you today!

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Comments (7)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice. I expect many of your readers have deferred medical tests that could be life saving.

Jul 11, 2014 07:24 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh Debbie  I am so sorry what a horrid experience and unnecessary to be sure . I am glad you had a nice lady this time .

Jul 11, 2014 10:08 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the reminder. I am glad you good  good experience this time.

Jul 11, 2014 09:41 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I had my first mammo last year when I was 40...I will have another this year...piece of cake

Jul 12, 2014 12:41 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks all for taking the time to read.  You never want to not go to these types of appointments because someone has made you uncomfortable.

Jul 12, 2014 05:32 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Debbie: I had a terrible experience with this procedure as the technician was not so pleasant and nice. They should only hire staff who knows how to treat people with respect and compassion. I am glad that Karen helped you get through this important procedure.

Jul 14, 2014 05:31 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Maria -  WELL SAID!

Jul 15, 2014 07:09 AM