FMF: If

Come and read about the wistful, wondering word – IF – in Angela’s Five Minute Friday (FMF) writing prompt. You might want to give this prompt a try???

The Abundant Heart

FMF, If

I just finished reading a book about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. The story dealt with her reaction to the diagnosis, the vivid details of her treatment, and the support she received from her loving husband and neighborhood friends. While it was a heart-wrenching story, there were many victories as well.

At the beginning, when the doctor told her about the suspicious lump, she said that she had been faithful to get her annual mammograms—up until the past two years. Yet it was those past two years that were the most important. She couldn’t help thinking, “If I had gotten my mammograms… If I had been more consistent about self-examinations….”

The difference between her story and mine is about 5 years. I had not reached the age when women start getting mammograms when I noticed some irregular discharge. I mentioned it to my doctor, and she…

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