Since living in Parkmore
I have been living the dream of being closer to work. I may be over exaggerating but hay it has always been #goals to be closer to work. I would often think back about the days I would have to get up at 5:30 am . To catch a bus at 6 am in the Town Center, Mitchell’s Plain. Travel for 1 and a half hours depending on traffic or whether the bus broke down or not . In order to make it for the 8:30 am call time for work. It was rough working till 9 pm in the V&A Waterfront to only get home after 10:30 pm or even later. I know the struggle of traveling. When I moved to Sandton I first lived in Fourways for a while . Traveling from Fourways was such a pain. I dislike William Nicol’s highway . If you google all the incidents that occur there you will totally get why. Living in Rivonia traveling wasn’t that bad but traffic in Jhb is always the Mother of all headaches.
Since Parkmore I don’t travel to work. I am literally walking distance from work, shopping malls, church,recreational parks, the library and my local GP. I have been passing 11th street everyday.
Pink Ribbon Centre on 11th street Parkmore
I had noticed the Pink Ribbon centre while passing 11th street.I assumed it was the headquarters for cancer awareness programs. I never had much interest in the Pink Ribbon Centre until I had the courage to get a breast examination. I went to my local Gp. I got the referral all I needed to do was find a radiologist linked to my medical scheme. I had a few options at Sunninghills hospital and Fourways as well as Parkmore. Going to a radiologist in Parkmore would be super convenient for me .
I googled Dr Mbengo and connected the dots to the Pink Ribbon Centre. Dr Mbengo is the founder and director of Dr Mbengo Radiology Services Inc. and she currently provides Radiology and Teleradiology services.
When you visit the Pink Ribbon Centre’s website. You find clear guidelines to those FAQ’s. Their website is helpful regarding their services, myths, information on their health care professionals etc. I contacted their administrator and got a response within the hour. Every person I spoke to via email or telephonically were helpful and attentive to my scenario. I could arrange an appointment for the next day.
I kid you not I was contemplating the whole thing even though I made the effort thus far. I kept thinking I am only 22 why would I need a breast examination anyway? Read up on my previous post over here
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I assumed my examination would be the same as a friend of mine. Where they would squash my breast into a machine you know the usual idea of a mammogram. That was what I was preparing my mind for.
The appointment was scheduled. I had an off day I could find no excuse to turn back on my decision to make my health a priority. Procrastination is never good for you. I went still shaky on the idea. I walked into their office and the setting was totally calming. From the decor with pastel undertones. To the warm and friendly hospitality of their staff. The entire team is all women.
Fem powered which really eased my mood. They explained that I wasn’t getting an x-ray scan because of my age and the development of my breast. This was such a relief I was taken to a room to change into a pink ribbon robe. My personal belongings was safely placed into a secure locker. I could keep the key on me and take it with to the room I would have an ultrasound instead.
I met with a health care professional who explained what the procedure would be like. She laid out tissues for the yuckeness of the gel. She explained how I should lay while being examined. My arms above my head. It was really cold that day. The room was well temperature’d for the comfort of my experience.
At this point I was way more comfortable than before. The Dr finally walked in. The moment we have all been waiting for. She was lovely and patient. She didn’t rush the ultrasound. She captured images of the ultrasound. She was willing to answer questions I had. She was honest and sensitive with worst case scenario outcomes. She was confident in my results and placed me on medication and ointment to treat my skin reaction.
Her confidence taught me so much. Especially pertaining to early detection and breast education. Drs of her nature excites you to be proactive. The medication helped so much. Her advice to do a follow up calmed my paranoia.
Their waiting room is gorgeous. There is natural light in the waiting room where you can totally sink in the zeness of the ambiance. You can have coffee or tea. The coffee magazines are updated. You know that annoying feeling where you at the Drs office and reading magazines of 2005 lol nah ah . There were magazines and information cards that are very informative for women. As I waited for my results. They handed a professional package with images of my ultrasound. A professional report of my examination was presented to me and an appointment for a follow up.
Nails on 11th street partnered with The Pink Ribbon Centre for the month of May. Beauty an entrepreneur and owner of the nail salon. Gifted all clients who had examinations done for a treat. I received a voucher for an express manicure at her salon. Which is pretty cool don’t you think? Especially after preparing your mind for the worst what an awesome way to end my experience.
I would definitely recommend women of all ages to choose the Pink Ribbon Centre. This worked in my favor on so many levels. It turned out to be a better option than seeing a radiologist in a hospital setting.
For more about the Pink Ribbon Centre, Look forward to tomorrows scheduled post.
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