On Tuesday night, I saw The Education of Dee Dee Ricks. The documentary follows Dee Dee Ricks through as she is diagnosed and is then treated for breast cancer. She has a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, and endures chemotherapy. She was lucky in that her cancer was diagnosed early, and she had the money to pay her medical bills when insurance coverage fell short. The story really got going when she began to consider the hardships for other women with breast cancer who don’t have her resources, and realized she could help them.
I cried and I laughed and then I cried again. At some point I leaned over and whispered to Jessi (or was it the other way around?) that we should get mammograms. Neither of us are 40 yet, the age at which it is recommended that women start getting annual mammograms. But is it ever too early to start?
Jessi thought we should make a party of it, to make it less scary. Get some girlfriends, rent a limo, go to Northwestern or another hospital or clinic, get our boobs smushed, then treat ourselves to a nice boozy lunch afterwards. I think I’m gonna call it our “boob-chelorette party”.
The Education of Dee Dee Ricks airs tonight (Thursday, October 27) on HBO at 8:30pm (Eastern).