On December 20, 2017, I had a breast biopsy. I didn't share this information with anyone because, as a clinician who has worked in breast cancer for many years, it was just another day on the job. I am the one used to comforting and reassuring women after telling them they need a biopsy - not the other way around.
However, my silence meant there was no one there to comfort me. And I learned first-hand about the anxiety that comes with waiting for your results – it seems unbearable. In the end, I was lucky because my results were negative. But I encourage women to bring someone with them for the biopsy and the results, because moral support is very important. The anxiety a woman feels at this time can be overwhelming and I don’t want any woman to feel alone
My concern and compassion for my patients has always been genuine. But it’s become even more important to me that the women I treat feel that. Why? Because recently, I WAS THAT WOMAN.
Dr. Johnson has cared for thousands of women during her years working in New Orleans clinics as part of the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), which provides no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to Louisiana women who qualify. To find out more about LBCHP and other LCP programs and projects, go to louisianacancer.org
Denise Roubion-Johnson, DrNP
Lead Clinical Associate, Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs (LCP)