The 57-year-old wife and mother of four from West Caldwell, NJ, has never
had to absorb the news of a diagnosis that would jolt both her and her
family emotionally and physically, regardless of the outcome. What she
does have is a memory – a memory of her mother’s 14-year journey
with breast cancer and her death at the age of 63, and the memory of her
maternal aunt’s passing from the same disease at only 51 years old.
Paula also has knowledge.
The knowledge that people who have a first-degree relative (sister, mother,
daughter) who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have double that
chance that they, too, will receive the diagnosis. This information and
the memory of her mother and aunt motivate Paula every year to schedule
her mammogram at The Breast Center at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care
Center (BHACC) in Livingston, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
“I’m a calm and optimistic person,” she shares. “I
always assume the best. But the best doesn’t just happen. We have
to be active participants in life to help encourage good fortune.”
This is why Paula hasn’t missed even one appointment over the past
22 years – beginning screening mammography at the age of 35 at the
advice of her physician due to family history.
“If something is wrong, I want to know and I want to take action.”
Why the The Breast Center at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center? “I
always have a positive experience,” explains Paula. “Everyone
greets me with a smile and exchanges eye contact. The technicians are
so warm. I am always very proud when I leave after my appointment.”
Mammograms help to save lives. To schedule an appointment today at the
Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center or any RWJBarnabas Health facility, visit
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