Bi-rads 4c, what an insane week
Just wanted to introduce myself in the 'Waiting for Test Results' and hang out here for a few days I can't believe how fast this week has progressed, and I have swung from not being able to breathe crying yesterday afternoon to pretty much filled with gratitude this afternoon at all the things that have gone right.
It had been about 18 mo since my last screening, and at 54 I was even toying to moving over to the every-2-year-schedule. I'm going to call it supernatural nudge a week ago Friday to go online & make my screening appointment, and they had an opening Monday. Found an 'architectural distortion' at 6 on my right breast, and gave me a bi-rads0. I found another appointment on Thursday, and by the time the diagnostic mammogram & ultrasound were finished yesterday, I was being ushered into a room to speak with a 'breast care coordinator' for the "4c" score. Almost 4cm, but lymph nodes look good, all this information just flying at me, and did I have availability to do a biopsy today.
Did not sleep last night, reading lots of articles and then trying to get away from that because I was spinning like crazy, and then over for the biopsy today where they took 4 samples. Incredibly compassionate and thorough, I really felt like I sailed right through. I asked my radiologist directly, and she provided me with an answer I can live with over the weekend while I wait.. something along the lines of "if they come back and say it's not cancer, I would need to have a full explanation and the right words, facts, etc to believe it." Fair enough. She also reminded me that I have done everything that needs done quickly, and now it's time to just rest over the weekend - so I'm thinking, I'm grateful for insurance, for my spouse, for my amazing adult kids who are going to be surprised but they will be awesome.
I know I sound like it's a done deal, but I promise to come here and share if it's a crazy-good-news miracle story. If not, then I will take a big breath and get to work. I can't say exactly why I feel so much lighter today than yesterday, but for now I'm "Waiting for Test Results" - good enough for today. Hello to all, I'm so sorry for the fights you are all having to wage. Hoping I don't need to join you in that, but 'kind of' ready if that's the reality.
Take care all,