October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so here is your reminder to go out and get your annual mammogram.

Recently I found a new wonderful doctor who saw my chart and family history and asked if I was interested in getting a cancer gene test done since my mothers cause of death was cancer. I cringed a little. I hate the thought of actually knowing something that I just speculate about with my sisters.

There are some red flags that come up for doctors, and in my case it was the whole "two or more close family members who have had the same type of cancer".  I realize that my multiple years of watching "Grey's Anatomy" didn't prepare me for the panic attack I would have in the car after my doctor's appointment. What if I have that cancer gene? I reluctantly agreed to visit my doctor in a week for the gene test.

Ladies, October is our reminder to take care of us. Check up on a friend and remind her that her health is important to you. Make that annual appointment with your doctor. If you and I are on the same boat and lost our mothers to cancer, GO GET TESTED.

I constantly wonder if this test was available to my mom, would she have taken action? Could she have had a fighting chance? Could I have had more than 12 short years with her? I found myself asking these questions as I left my doctor appointment.

The answer is yes. My mom was a fighter.

Remind a friend to visit her doctor annually and get checked up. After you book your annual appointment, of course.

Have you ever had this cancer gene test? I would love to hear about your experience. You can message me directly on Facebook here.