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For all those for whom the news isn't good...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In the past month I have been an infrequent participant at SP. Thanks to all those who have sent me goodies and well wishes...they are much appreciated. I have been so happy with all I've accomplished in the past year and a half on this site. I have lost weight, become an exercise disciple, and really paid attention to my diet. So when I went to my last physical I had no reason to suspect that the news wouldn't be all good. Except for that mammogram...There was a suspicious spot and a biopsy was indicated. The first procedure wasn't possible (after-and I'm not exaggerating-about 30 x-rays) and it was recommended that I have surgical biopsy. I swear I am probably so radioactive that I could guide ships to shore by exposing my breast! Last week I had the surgery. I got good news 2 days later-no cancer. But the anxiety and fear I have felt over the past month (from the initial mammo to the results) has made my heart ache for those whose news is not so good. It is so scary! I have never experienced such an event. I swear from here on out that I will be a proponent for causes that look to eradicate this disease. I have participated in Susan B. Korman events before, but they will have a whole new meaning for me now. And to those who go through this after thoughts and prayers are with you!
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    Wow. After reading you're blog and then all the responses, it really comes home to me that this is a great site for support. I am so glad that the result was negative. Please keep blogging! emoticon emoticon
    3006 days ago
    So glad the news was good. emoticon
    3006 days ago
    Oh, I have been there. Thank goodness it came up good news for you! I was not as tripped out over my surgical biopsy as I had a needle core biopsy a few years before and it was negative and this felt like the same issue, it was just smaller and the needle biopsy would not work.

    I loved your comment about bringing ships to shore! Oh my!
    3006 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2010 3:52:54 PM
    Hi Sherri,

    I'm glad to hear your news was good, but I also understand the anxiety involved in the testing and waiting. Had my own scare a few years back - needle core biopsy and all. The news wasn't so great for my mom, who went in to have a sore looked at a couple of months ago. That turned out to be nothing, but it led to an additional mammogram that found a rare form of breast cancer. They think they caught it early enough. She had a lumpectomy and starts radiation in a few weeks. She called me when she was faced with the initial needle core biopsy because she didn't know what to expect. It's very true that walking through something like this seems to impart a dose of empathy that was lacking before.

    Take care... and hope to see you around more.

    Cindy emoticon
    3008 days ago
    I'm not sure what led me to your blog. I am sure it was meant to be. My girlfriend and I had our first mammograms done together last May because we both turned 40 within the same month, so we thought we would go together and then out to lunch to celebrate. I wasn't worried at all because I had no family history of breast cancer. They called me 48 hours later and asked me to come in for another. My friends test came back perfectly normal, Thank God. After that, it was a sonogram. After that it was a needle biopsy. After that, it was a surgical biopsy. I was so relieved when they cleared me of no cancer, but what a heck of a month I had. I had so much anxiety, so I know exactly how you felt. I have to go back every 6 months for awhile. I feel the same way you do. I can't imagine getting bad news after my surgical biopsy and I have so much empathy for those that do. I have a Therapy Dog. A Golden Retriever named Gracie. I decided to get permission to have her and I visit the breast care imagery waiting room once a month. I think she is a great distraction, and the women love her!
    3009 days ago
    Thank God the results were in your favor! I had a 'lump scare" awhile back and thankfully the situation didn't even progress as far as yours did! So happy for you, my friend!
    3010 days ago
    So glad you are healthy. I know just how hard the testing and waiting can be.
    I was just given the A-OK ten days ago, after going through a year of watching a clump of funny looking cells. Mammograms and ultrasounds every three months. What a relief to hear I don't have to return for a year.
    3018 days ago
    Thank goodness that there was no cancer. I'm waiting for some test results right now from an MRI and it is completely unnerving. You are absolutely right that it does give you a new outlook when you come so close to having to deal with something that it gives a new outlook on those that do deal with it. I know I would certainly have more compassion and help in whatever way I could. I'm glad you are well.

    3018 days ago
    Oh my... emoticon
    Sorry to hear what you've been going through. I do agree, the testing & waiting & testing & waiting is excruciating...for anyone who has to go through it...our minds seem to go through every "what if" there is...
    Yet as you say, some of us get relief somewhere down the road, and for others the news isn't so good...
    SO glad to hear your news is good news!
    emoticon emoticon news!

    Let us all appreciate each & every day we have...who knows what tomorrow will bring...
    Take care & SPaRk On!

    3020 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    I "watched" a lump for three years. Though they tried to convince me that it was "nothing" I eventually pushed for removal. Luckily they were right and it was benign.

    I, too, ache for those whose news is not good. I am glad you received the good news.
    3020 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    I "watched" a lump for three years. Though they tried to convince me that it was "nothing" I eventually pushed for removal. Luckily they were right and it was benign.

    I, too, ache for those whose news is not good. I am glad you received the good news.
    3020 days ago
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