Breast Cancer Scare

Kim S.
on 5/8/13 12:39 pm - Helena, AL

April 30th I had a compression mammogram because the one I'd had a few days before showed a suspicious spot.  Well, the compression mammogram then resulted in surgical biopsy...the one where they put the wire into your boob and the surgeon follows it to the "spot".  This resulted in 5 days of WAITING.

I get my mammograms every single year.  I have no family history of ANY cancer whatsoever.  I had kids early and breastfed....all things that should reduce the likelihood that I'd ever have breast cancer, but there is still a chance.

I got my results today, and Praise the Lord, I DO NOT HAVE BREAST CANCER.  This was a very scary ordeal to say the least.  Please ladies, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS.  The surgeon did tell me though that had it been cancer, it would be so early it would be highly curable....hence the reason they do the mammograms.

Oh, and now, my just recently lifted boob has yet ANOTHER scar on it.........ugh..........but I guess that is better than the alternative.

             
     
RosyKate, Mistress at
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on 5/8/13 12:45 pm

I'm so glad it's good news. That must have been a very stressful five days of waiting.

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Kim

on 5/8/13 12:49 pm - Castle Rock, CO

Great news!!!   So glad for you!

I get all my annual/two yearly physicals done - can never understand why people put them off, or don't consider themselves good enough to be worth making the time when it's their health at stake  ...    It all goes along with good food, good exercise, vitamins labs, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies,dexa scans etc etc kiss!

 

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Kim S.
on 5/8/13 1:26 pm - Helena, AL

You are so right!  My labs were excellent and my dexa scan...well, basically my doctor said if I fall HARD at 90 I'm very unlikely to break anything...bones are in great shape!

 

             
     
Cicerogirl, The PhD
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on 5/8/13 1:35 pm, edited 5/8/13 1:36 pm - OH

SO glad to hear it!!

I had a similar scare with inflammatory breast cancer (which apparently is Stage 4 by the time it is identifiable!!) a couple of years ago.  My biopsy was a bit different (just a normal incision, no wire) so I now have a two inch scar starting just beyond my nipple and extending through the areola into the normal skin.  (Fortunately, the way my non-lifted and non-reduced boobs sag, I cannot see it unless I lift the breast and look for it, LOL!)

I would warn people to see a doctor if there is any change in the breast texture or the areola/nipple, because I had a clean mammogram in October but then was having faded areola, inverted nipple, and some tenderness on one breast just a couple of months later.  Things like inflammatory beast cancer can appear quite suddenly!

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cajungirl
on 5/8/13 5:59 pm
Good news! I had to do a follow mammo last year and and ultra sound. It was nerve wracking. I don't miss mine either it's just a necessity not optional.

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martitalinda
on 5/9/13 12:32 pm

(((((HUGS)))))I missed this post yesterday.  I am sooooooooooooo glad everything turned out fine Kim.... I sweat bullets every six months because of my history .. I know what that wait for results feels like ... I AM GLAD ALL IS WELL!!!

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