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Family history? Not me!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Well, actually.

So, my mother is a third-generation breast cancer survivor. Last year, she was diagnosed with stage 1 aggressive breast cancer.

So naturally, I've been doing regular self-exams. We almost certainly have the gene, although we can't afford the expensive genetic testing to find out.

About three months ago, I found a lump.

I told my husband. He wanted me to get it checked out immediately. Unfortunately, I don't have insurance, so getting diagnostic stuff like that under 40 is nearly impossible. I called the local health department, and was brushed off.

Finally, while visiting my mom, she made me make an appointment at her local health department. They're smaller, and nicer than the one in my county.

The nurse found the lump, too. She couldn't find any funding to get me a mammogram, though. She was concerned enough to give me a list of people to call in my city. I found someone who would see me for $100.

I paid, and today I went. The nurse practitioner who did my CBE (clinical breast exam) found not one, but two lumps.

So she gave me a voucher for a free mammogram.

January 2.

Do I have cancer? I'm only 34. But I have a very strong family history. My mother, my grandmother (single mastectomy) and my great grandmother (double mastectomy.) I'm keeping an optimistic attitude (I'm only 34, the odds are it's just a benign lump) but given my family history, I don't dare take the chance. I let it go too long as it is; it's a visible lump, and when I raise my arms, I can see it.

So, say a little prayer for me.
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  • GEORGE815
    Hope you are alright!
    1941 days ago
    oh love sorry to hear this.sending prayers and positive,healing ((((vibes))))your way emoticon
    1943 days ago
    My prayers are with you.
    1944 days ago
    My thoughts are definitely with you. At least you know of the history and to check. I'm sorry you had to go through all that for a formal appointment, though! That sounds like BS to me. Bureaucracy is so frustrating. But January 2 is right around the corner. Definitely keep us posted and I'll keep you in my thoughts. Hugs to you, friend!
    1945 days ago
    My prayers are with you. emoticon
    1945 days ago
    Prayers indeed!! And you didn't need "this" to cap off an already difficult year!

    So glad that your mom was able to facilitate appts for you. My Stepmom went through this; and two ladies I worked with.... The younger of whom is doing Very Well even though hers was Stage 3 when discovered--so in my book, that is a real plus you have going for you. Still most difficult to face it, worry about, and follow through....

    Take care, and all the Best Wishes that 2014 is a very much better year for your family!
    1945 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    My prayers are with you and no matter what keep pushing to get help. There are a lot of us out here with no family history who spend lots of hours to raise money for people like you.
    Keep pushing, keep asking and keep going until somebody listens and helps you.
    1945 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Sending you good vibes and best wishes
    1945 days ago
    my good friend in TX has an appt Fri. They found something on her annual mammogram; did a second scan and she will have to have surgery for a biopsy (too deep to do a needle biopsy).

    I know you are apprehensive. Sending you lots of hugs & prayers!
    1945 days ago
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