Me: The view from my window and a sleepy Harriet is just what’s needed on a Wednesday morning.
Nell: If you say so.
Me: Look at the sun on the fields. Isn’t it glorious?
Nell: It is.
Me: This will be what I miss most when we leave.
Nell: We’re not leaving yet.
Me: Anyway, what I wanted to say today was how grateful I am for our wonderful Conversations with Nell community.
Nell: It is rather special.
Me: The love and support we receive on here is truly amazing.
Nell: Yes. Thank you. Now, you wanted to talk about something.
Me: I did. As most of you know I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma this time last year and since then have struggled with anxiety.
Nell: Perfectly understandable.
Me: So when I was called in for routine breast cancer screening I worried about it a lot.
Nell: You did.
Me: But I knew how important screening is as cancer can be cured if found early enough.
Nell: Screening saved your friend’s life.
Me: Yes. They found a tumour they never would have found otherwise.
Nell: They did and she is doing well.
Me: Yes. And more good news is that yesterday I received a letter to say the mammogram showed no sign of cancer.
Nell: A great relief.
Me: So what I want to say to all of you, because I care about you very much, is please go and get yourself checked. Take advantage of screening. It could save your life.
Nell: It could. And even if you’re a worrier like Sara and find the whole thing really stressful, just do it.
Me: Was that too pushy?
Nell: No. If one person goes and gets checked, who wasn’t going to before, it is worth it.
Me: Yes. Sorry.