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Thursday, May 23, 2013

they found something


CCRM requires new patients over 35 years old to get a mammogram. I wasn't looking forward to having my boobs smashed between two cold metal plates but it had to be done. I'm turning 36 in 5 days so I wasn't expecting them to find anything.

I went into the clinic and the x-ray technician took the images she needed. Afterwards, she placed me in the waiting area and left to show the images to the radiologist. About 15 minutes later, she came back and asked if she could take some different angled shots of my right breast. Sure.

She took the images and back to the waiting area I went. She came back after another 10 minutes and said that the radiologist would like to do an ultrasound on my right breast. Hmm. Okay.

The woman with the ultrasound wand was very thorough - going over each breast until she got to the area on the top of my right breast. She kept going over the same area. Over and over. Taking shots from different angles. She said that she'd go show them to the radiologist who might be back to look at the screen herself. 

At this point, I'm starting to freak out. Imagining hearing the words "you have cancer" when she returns. Wondering what that would mean for our fertility treatment. Wondering how I'd handle the news. It was the longest 8 minutes ever.

When the ultrasound lady returned, she was alone. I thought that must be good news. She told me that they found a benign cyst on my right breast. Whew. What a relief! Apparently, they want me to return in 6 months so they can monitor it. Not sure what that means exactly. I probably should've asked. But I was so happy to hear that it wasn't cancer that I wanted to get the heck out of there as quickly as possible before they changed their minds. 

Here's the thing about this story. I conduct self-breast exams regularly. A few months ago, I told my husband that I felt that lump in my right breast. He told me to get it checked out. But I thought it was nothing. Plus, I'm too young to get cancer, right? So I did nothing. The only reason I finally went to get the mammogram was because CCRM required it. 

But if that lump had been cancerous, I'd be kicking myself that I lost precious time to start treating it. With breast cancer, it's all about early detection. The reason I wanted to write this is because I don't think I'm alone in this. I doubt I'm the only person that has ever felt a lump in their breast and ignored it. This is a plea from me to you...if you find a lump, get a mammogram.

I got lucky this time. 
But this situation could've been disastrous if I had waited and it was a cancerous tumor.


36 comments:

jenn said...

Phew. What a relief that it's benign! Must have been a stressful time though x

Talisha Reupena said...

Thank you so much for sharing. Such a great and real reminder.

faithtrusticsidust said...

I am so glad it was benign and that you're OK! hugs to you!!! Such a scary thing to go through!

I found a lump in my breast about 3 years ago, I also waited before getting it checked. I waited about a year before I read something online and remembered it. I had an ultrasound and a biopsy and they still couldn't determine if it was cancerous or not which was so scary. I ended up having a lumpectomy as it was also quite large and they ran tests. It was eventually found to be a fibroadenoma which was such a huge relief!

I also think back to myself 'what if it had been cancer?' Thank you for writing this blog post and raising awareness!!! Us women think it will never happen to us but in reality, it can!

Xx

Vicki Sturgiss said...

So scary! My sister just had a similar experience - she is 33. Her doctor told her he really believes all women should have ultrasounds on their breasts NOT mammograms as the ultrasounds pick up a lot more than the mammograms do. So glad yours was benign.

Jennifer said...

Oh gosh, yea your husband was right. You should have gotten it checked. I was 19 when I first felt the lump in my breast. It's still there as it is a fibroid or something weird named. I hate it and would have liked it removed but the Dr said it would leave a scar where if I wore shirts low it would be noticeable.

Dream Chase said...

Thank God you are okay, but I am glad you posted this as it is a very important reminder. I have fibrous breasts so I no longer conduct them. During my IF treatments the nurse actually said because of that and my reduction surgery I should get getting mammograms now, even though I'm 32. You can never be too careful or too safe.

Aubrey said...

Oh my goodness, Jessah! That is so scary! I'm so beyond glad that everything is OK. xoxo

Infertile625 said...

Thank god it was nothing. I know the fear of finding a lump and waiting to hear what the outcome is. Seconds feel like an eternity. So glad Jessah that it is not cancer. So lucky they did all the testing immediately so there weren't days of waiting.

Erika said...

Oh my goodness, girl. How scary! I am so thankful that it ended up being benign...but what a terrifying time of waiting to hear that!

Suzanne said...

I am SO thankful that it turned out benign. My heart sank when I started reading your post. You are absolutely right, unfortunately I don't think anyone is too young to get cancer anymore. Early detection is key and this is a great post about being proactive about your health!

Amanda said...

So, so, so true. Thanks for sharing Jessah! Praying, that this all turns out to be nothing!

Katie @ Loverly She said...

Oh Jessah - I'm so glad it was benign. And I appreciate your words of warning - it's so true that we can never be too careful with this stuff.

Mrs Green Grass said...

So glad it was nothing! I had a lump earlier this year and waited a few months to get an ultrasound. Mine was just dense breast tissue, but it was still very scary. It's nice now that you have baseline images to compare to in the future.

I hope CCRM works for yoU!

Betty said...

Wow! So glad you are ok! And good reminder for us all to keep up with our own exams and to seek an exam when we know something is just not quite right!

Mrs B. said...

Wow! What a scary 8 mins! A valuable lesson as well to keep up those breast checks and to get checked out rather than take an 'I'm too young' approach. So glad it all turned out to be ok.

Em said...

Thanks for this excellent reminder. I have never once done a breast exam. I think I tell myself that because I'm only 27 and there's no history of cancer in my family at all, I'm good. But that's WAY too cocky an attitude when it comes to cancer. Again, thanks for encouraging me to monitor my own health a little better.

Also, I am so relieved that the cyst they found isn't cancerous. What a relief.

Charity said...

That was super scary. My mom had a similar experience but she also went to the doctor during the time of the month that her breast usually get lumpy. I don't know what cycle day you are on but they warn against going so close to the end of your cycle. My mom reschedule her appointment for 10 days after cycle day 1 and she was fine no benign cyst or anything.

Charleston Hokie said...

THis gave me chills. So glad you are ok!!! But yes-always have that checked. A dear friend of mine passed at age 36 after finding out after the birth of her second baby she had stage four breast cancer.

We always think "Oh not me" but that's not the way to think...Glad you are good! Stay strong girl and head up..

Sarah J said...

Oh thank goodness it turned out to be nothing! Thank you for sharing this, though. I admit I don't do self exams as regularly as I should, but hearing this makes me realize I should make it more of a priority.

Happy Friday!

kharini said...

Good it was nothing, what a relief!

Emily said...

That must have been scary, but I'm so glad they are saying all is good! Teensy little wake-up call for sure!

Amanda said...

I would have been freaking out also! Praise God that it wasn't anything serious. My lady doctor told me I have some kind of polycystic disease that many women have. It flares up right before my period... Definitely scared me when I found the lumps. Thank The Lord it's nothing serious! :) :)

JenS said...

How scary! So glad it's not cancer! and so glad you chose CCRM and they made you get a mammogram.

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Oh I am so happy that this story ends on a good note! I would have been freaking out as well- thank goodness it was benign!

Aramis said...

What a scare...I'm so glad you are ok.

Alicia said...

Phew - I'm so glad to read that everything is okay for now. What a good lesson for all of us!

Sadie said...

Wow, reading this was scary there for a minute! I am SO relieved for you that this proved to be nothing serious.

And thanks for the reminder; it can be so easy to ignore our overall health, especially when we're preoccupied with fertility stuff. You're right to raise this issue!

alesha said...

SO thankful it's benign! And go you for doing regular self exams, thanks for the reminder :)

Rhonda said...

I'm so glad it turned out well!

Sarah said...

Oh geez! So glad it was nothing!

Team Harries said...

What a blessing! So glad that you went to get the check and so glad that everything will be just fine!

Amie said...

Wow I can't even imagine, thank God everything is ok :)

Samantha N said...

I am so glad it is benign and not cancerous, well done for getting your message out there xx

conceptionally challenged said...

Phew, I'm glad it turned out benign! And what a scare.

Sarah said...

So so happy all was ok. What a scare, thank you for the kind reminder of performing self checks. We are our own and best helath advocates.

Amber said...

Oh my garsh Jessah! I had tears in my eyes just at the thought that you had to go through this. I am so relieved that it is benign! Thank you so much for being an advocate and reminding us all how important it is to get these things checked out.

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