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Feb 29, 2008 01:36PM
Feb 29, 2008 01:39PM
Jaime, it sounds like you had a good appointment today and that you have doctors who you like and can trust. That's great!
I can identify with your situation. My family history wasn't as strong as yours (and I ended up testing negative for the BRCA gene) but I've had problems with my breasts since I had my first fibroadenoma at the age of 16. Since my teens I also had extremely fibrocystic breasts - any symptom of fibrocystic breast condition, I had it. Over the years I've had 3 excisional biopsies, 3 stereotactic or ultrasound guided core biopsies, and more cyst aspirations that I can remember. So I'm another one who regularly saw the breast surgeon. In fact, although my family doctor usually would order my mammograms, I never went to him for the results - I'd always go directly to the breast surgeon. And if I felt a new lump (which happened a lot during the years when I was getting cysts regularly), I'd just call to set up an appointment with the surgeon. So I know the routine.
Some women panic every time they have a call-back after a mammogram. I never let it bother me. Maybe because I had call-backs after almost every mammogram, it just was part of the routine for me. I worried a bit with biopsies, but truthfully, I didn't worry much. There wasn't anything I could do - it would either be benign or it wouldn't be. Worrying wouldn't change the results. And once I got through the mammogram, the call-back and the biopsy, I put breast cancer completely out of my mind until the next round of tests or until I felt another lump; I didn't live my life waiting to get breast cancer (although I sure checked my breasts regularly). I'd breathe a sigh of relief and go out and live my life.
What gave me that peace of mind was knowing that I was being well taken care of. I was high risk for BC and I always suspected that I would get it one day, but I felt that because I was being watched so carefully, when it happened, it would be caught early. So I wasn't going to worry about it until it happened. As it turned out, I did get BC, and it was caught early. Maybe I was just lucky, but the way I look at it, it was my 'high risk' status, and all those false alarms that led to my early diagnosis. And that in turn may have saved my life.
So.... are you being gullable? No, I think you are being realistic and thoughtful about your situation. You're heard that you are "that" girl, but you aren't panicking. Good for you!
“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke