Found a lump. (Updated 1/5/10; 8:42 pm)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Wish I could say it was a lump of coal for Xmas. But it wasn't. Found a lump in my left breast this past Saturday. Pretty good size. At least to me.

Went to see my doctor yesterday morning (1/4/10). He asked all the right questions:

Do you drink coffee? (Would have said, Hell ya, buckets-full about 5 years ago, but anymore I just drink green tea a few times a day).

Does it hurt? (Define "hurt" -- now that I'm aware of it, it feels like it's burning hole in my chest. But that could be because I keep MESSING with it --)

Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with breast cancer? (Um, you mean besides my mother, my maternal grandmother and two of my maternal aunts?)

Now ask me about MY cancer history. . .uterine and ovarian cancer at age 27. Granted that was over 25 years ago, but still. . .

My last mammogram was last December, so I'm pretty much due for a new one anyway.

He said his office would schedule a "Diagnostic" mammogram, focusing on the left breast, about the 11 o'clock position and asked me if any days were not good. I told him any day, any time was JUST fine with me. He said his office would call tomorrow with the appointment date/time.

They called me within 3 hours. The diagnostic mammogram is scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m.

Here's hoping for a cyst!

UPDATE (8:42 1/5/10): The mammogram technician was great (aren't they all, though? what a great attitude these women have!)

She had me wait around while the radiologist reviewed the films.

The radiologist had me go right into the Ultrasound department to get a "better" look.

The lump measures at 1.3 centimeters (about a half-inch diameter?), and they have determined it is NOT a cyst.

Before I had a chance to change clothes, they contacted my primary care doctor and secured his "order" for a biopsy right then and there.

So that's what they did. They took 4 samples of it and I will have to wait 48 hours for the results.

But, as I said, it is not a cyst. And the biopsy doctor did tell me that there were several things it could be. . . .but then did not tell me what those several things were. Only that with my mom, aunt and her mother all having had breast cancer, that my odds were narrowing on the possibilities. She DID say that my mammogram films from this time last year show no mass at all, so if it is a tumor, it is a fairly "young" one.

So now I wait until Thursday afternoon to call my doctor.

Happy New Year. . . . .

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    Michelle, hopefully YOU will have to call the doctor on thursday instead of them calling you today. One day, one hour, one moment at a time. Keep yourself busy, think as positive as you can, whatever it is, we will deal with it! My prayers are with you.
    4186 days ago
    Saying a prayer that you get good news.
    4186 days ago
    Thank you all for your thoughts.

    4187 days ago
  • BKP4166
    Michelle...I was cruising through my teams today and was surprised to see your name...I pray you will get some good news. Take care of yourself, my friend.

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    4187 days ago
    Ok, it's past 1:00 on the east coast. What did you find out? I've been praying for good news. It's a cyst, it's a non-malignant fibrosis, it's nothing; you're fine. You are well! Please let us know as soon as you tell your family.
    4187 days ago
    Dear Toptier, I am sorry to hear about your scare, and I am glad that you were able to get an appointment today. You and your health care providers are in my prayers and thoughts, and please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Hugs, Janet (Janexa)
    4187 days ago
  • BIGGIRL2082010
    Wish you luck. That has to be a horrible wait. Hang in there and we'll hope it's just calcium deposits (a few of my friends have had that) in your breast.


    4187 days ago
    That's a difficult thing to have to deal with. I wish you all the best! emoticon
    4187 days ago
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