Get a Yearly Mammogram – Lisa Briddell’s Story By Melissa Esham 9/28/2015 In September 2004, I visited my gynecologist, just like I always did every year. We had our normal discussion and on this particular visit she said to me, “ I normally wait until my patients are 40 before I send them for their first mammogram. However, since your mother is a breast cancer survivor, why don’t we go ahead and send you now. Just to be safe.” Of course, I was thinking well, I am only 37 years old, I am too young to get breast cancer. So, I did exactly what my doctor asked me to do. I thank God every day for her, as on October 5, 2004, I received the news no woman would ever want to hear… “you have breast cancer”. At that moment, I had all kinds of thoughts running through my mind. I am a mother of 3, a teen daughter, and 5 year old twins. This couldn’t be happening. After crying my eyes out, I then called my husband, went and visited my Pastor and we prayed together. A week later, I had my surgery and did 6 weeks of radiation. I am so proud and thankful to say I am 11 year SURVIVOR! I encourage every woman to please get your yearly mammograms and do the monthly self- examinations. The two are so very important! Thankful for being cancer-free.