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Mar 15, 2019 05:21AM
hello hello not to freak anyone out here but I too had same diagnosis of right side breast fibroadenoma back in 2011 - verified by ultrasound and mammogram.
When I went back for Follow-up in 2015, they decided they wanted to do a core needle biopsy. I got scared. I canceled my appointment last minute. I kept telling myself it was normal fibrocystic breast changes. Everything that I read and researched said all of the symptoms were totally normal with fibroadenomas. My breast would hurt with PMS, was relieved once period would start. But in February 2017 my breast started changing - it got swollen and hot with my period. Pretty quickly after that period my lymph node swelled in my armpit and I finally took myself back to the doctors as I knew for certain there was no denying my situation.
I think, retrospectively, I am not sure if the cyst was always there and then it so happened that I also got BC on top of it? We have no idea! So many unknowns with cancer. What I can tell you is that I became unbelievably fatigued, anxious, lost my sex drive and my periods were “harder” than they’d ever been about 3 years prior to my diagnosis.
I always was completely healthy and active. Some red wine here and there.
I guess my point is, if you really want to be sure, you could have cyst biopsied so you can stop living with so much worry?
I am honestly not sure which I would have preferred: to be diagnosed possibly stage 2 or 3 and have surgery and aggressive now-adjuvant chemo and then who knows what or be where I am now which is diagnosed stage 4 de novo and stable on systemic treatments. I feel as if I most likely would have ended up stage 4 anyway so in some bizarre way I saved myself from going through all those heavy treatments? It’s a total mindf@ck!
It’s all very scary and anxiety-producing. You have to decide what is best for you. Do you get it thoroughly checked out now or wait for signs to worsen living with this anxiety over your head constantly?
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." - Buddha
3/25/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
4/5/2017 Femara (letrozole)