Follow Your Instincts: Buddy Check

By Gina Morss

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM CDT

No one knows your body better than you do. But, do you follow your gut instincts about your health?

In this month's Buddy Check 25 report, News 25's Gina Morss introduces us to one woman who says it's important to speak openly to your doctor about knowing what's normal for you.

Lynne Martin enjoys getting to know her patients as an assistant at the Bixby Eye Center. Most come in for routine check-ups and in the process share a little bit of their lives with her.

"You really form a bond," Martin says.

As a three-time cancer survivor, the 47-year-old's conversations often turn to living each day to the fullest and never being afraid to fight a deadly diagnosis.

"This year we've had seven to eight patients diagnosed with breast cancer that I've known really well for eight years since I've been here. They knew that there was somebody here to talk to," Martin says.

She's someone they could trust, someone who understood, someone who when doctor's said her breast cancer couldn't come back in her reconstructed breast demanded a mammogram anyway.

"There just wasn't something quite right in my world. I felt wonderful, had no symptoms, but I just had one of those bad feelings," Martin says.

Lynne's instincts were right. The breast cancer returned.

"I think doctors are really starting to listen very carefully to women about gut instincts you know," Martin says.

She knew what was normal for her body and trusted her gut to tell her when something was out of balance.

"If there is just anything at all that feels out of kilter, just get it checked out," Martin says.

Lynne did and it saved her life.

It is the 25th of the month, so do your breast self-exam and remind a buddy to do theirs as well.

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