Breast Health Awareness Month

Survivor Story: Thelma Jones

In 2006, Thelma Jones was retiring from over 33 years of service at the World Bank when she did a self-breast exam and felt a lump in her breast. She ignored the lump until 2007 where she felt the lump, larger this time, and decided it could not be put off any longer. She finally went to see her physician who referred her to an oncologist. In June of 2007, the oncologist performed a biopsy where he confirmed that Thelma had Stage 3 breast cancer, but it was rare because they could not locate the point of origin in the midst of many large tumors. Read more...

Survivor Story: Ruth Hanessian

In 1993, Ruth Hanessian found a lump in her breast while carrying out a self breast examination. A biopsy confirmed that she had malignant tumor and Stage 2 breast cancer. Ruth opted to get a mastectomy. Read more...

Survivor Story: Lynn Grodzki

In 2005, Lynn Grodzki went for a yearly mammogram at which time came back abnormal and she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Although there was breast cancer in her family, it came as a shock when it actually happened to her. Lynn received a bilateral mastectomy, which did not require other treatment. After the surgery, she was considered to be cancer free and was cleared for exercise by her doctor but was skeptical to return to physical activity. Read more...

Survivor Story: Jane Crawford

Jane Crawford was first diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago on Thanksgiving weekend. After many tests, her breast surgeon recommended that she get a lumpectomy to determine if the cancer had spread to any lymph nodes. Luckily the lymph nodes were not affected and she began three months of daily radiation treatments. Once she completed her treatments she was able to return to a normal active life. Read more...

Survivor Story: Eleanor Johnson

In September of 2002, Eleanor Johnson went to her doctor for a routine checkup. Following her checkup she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. When breast cancer has reached stage 3, it means that it has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes or nearby muscle but has not yet moved to other organs. Read more...

The Mystics Breast Health Awareness auction will take place following the Mystics game on August 28th. All fans that attend the game will be allowed to participate in the auction. All Proceeds will go to The Sullivan Center for Breast Health. For ticket information please call 202-661-5050.

To donate directly to The Sullivan Center for Breast Health please click here. Please note that through this form you must select “Other” and specify “Sullivan Center” under the “Donation Information” section.


1. Always bring your last mammogram with you if you are going to a new facility. This will give you the best chance of not being called back. If the doctor knows you have had a mammogram they are going to want to see the pictures. Not the reports, the pictures.
2. Take whatever over-the-counter pain medication you take for discomfort one to two hours before your study and decide for yourself if this helps you.
3. It will make no difference at all if you consume caffeine the day of your appointment. Go ahead and enjoy your coffee.
4. Try and schedule your mammogram about a week after your menstrual cycle starts. You should be retaining the least amount of extra fluid at this time. If you can’t schedule at this time, don’t worry. It may be a little more uncomfortable, but it will not affect the results. This is simply a tip for comfort.
5. Tolerate the 5 to 6 second discomfort for each of the 4 pictures. A tighter compression = less radiation and a more accurate reading. Really! Modern machines have an automatic stop feature that won’t allow a technologist to compress beyond a certain point. That does not mean it is comfortable, it means the machine will not compress to the point of harming your breasts. Modern machines also automatically lift the compression device if the electricity goes off, so no one is stuck in a mammogram machine. Stories you hear otherwise are just that, stories.

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