Back to the OB/GYN

Today was the day I went back to my OB/GYN.  One year ago he found the lump in my right breast.  While it has been a long year, I look back at that appointment the end of February 2011 and remember it vividly.  That day my OB/GYN literally saved my life.

I was back today for my annual exam.  It’s hard for me to describe exactly how I felt, but let’s just say there were a variety of emotions.  I wondered whether I would make it in and out of that appointment without shedding a tear.  I kept it together…until I got into the car.

I felt like I couldn’t go in empty-handed.  I wanted to take him something.  But what do you give to the man that saved your life?  Well, I chose a  bottle of wine that I knew he would enjoy and a handwritten note that read:

“Dr. D – Where do I begin?!  It’s been a year since my last visit and the day you found a lump in my breast.  In some ways it feels like it has flown by, and in other ways it feels like it has been years.  It has been a tough year, but I am happy to report that I am cancer free.  I want to thank you for finding the lump and for literally saving my life.  I will forever be grateful.  I sometimes think about what would have happened if you had not found it that day?  What if it had been another full year with that tumor in my breast?  There could have been a completely different ending to my story.  So, thank you!  Here’s to a healthy, cancer free 2012!  Cheers!”  Meredith Gaile

It was a weird day.  I feel like I am still processing all of it:  the appointment, the fact that it’s been a full year since this journey began, all that we have accomplished, all that I’ve been through both physically and emotionally, and all that is still left.

Ladies:  Have you scheduled your annual OB/GYN exam?  Please do.  It might just save your life.


  1. Melissa Bryson says:

    Amazing what all can happen in a year. I wonder how many lives an OB/GYN saves in a given year? I bet a lot. There are SO many things they can find on a routine exam and is for sure the one appointment every woman should NEVER put off. They found my step-sisters thyroid cancer, a friend’s cervical cancer and of course, you! Such an important visit! Cancer free sure sounds great!

  2. Mary Johnson says:

    Wow, in some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been a year! I am sure it has seemed like an eternity for you at times! What a journey it has been!
    Absolutely love your gift for your OB/GYN, and I am sure he appreciated it and your kind (and eloquent!) words!

    You are amazing, and such a warrior! And still helping others by reminding us all of our annual appointment! Love it! You have a real gift, Meredith, and I think you will impact many going through your same journey with your encouragement and incredible positive attitude! Keep it up!

    We continue daily prayers as always! Can’t for the next box (surgery) to be checked off!

  3. Simply put, you continue to inspire me (and I know so many others) everyday. Here’s to MANY more years of being cancer-free.

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