Turning 40 meant getting a first mammogram for Heather Harrington, so she was surprised when her doctor told her not to worry about it until a few years down the road.
Harrington decided to follow the advice and wait. But when her 41st birthday approached this year, she felt uneasy. Her grandmother was 42 when her breast cancer was discovered so late in the course of the disease that it had spread all over her body.
Harrington kept thinking about that mammogram.
“For some odd reason this year, I was like man, I just feel like I want to go get one,” Harrington, who lives in Denver, Colorado, told TODAY.
“Honestly, I feel like maybe it was like a tap on my shoulder from (my grandmother).”
The diagnosis: stage 3 breast cancer that will require a bilateral mastectomy.
Harrington had no symptoms and felt nothing out of the ordinary in