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Dec 1, 2018 07:36AM
Dec 1, 2018 07:40AM
I had a big dimple in my breast. I'm not one to look at my naked body in the mirror, but weeks prior to diagnosis, I happened to be in front of the bathroom mirror after a shower and noticed there was something weird about my breasts. My life was so busy and hectic, and not focused on me—another of those women putting everyone else first—and I wasn't sure what I was seeing. My breasts are ample and the dimple puckered the underside of the breast. Well I had no tme to dwell on this. Perhaps it was huge denial. And I can’t say I ever understood dimpling to be a sign of bc.
Then I went for my annual mammo. About ten days later, I was lying in bed and scratched an itch on my midriff. My fingers brushed against the underside of my breast and touched what felt like a gnarled mass underneath the skin. Oh, I knew immediately it was bc and turns out it was ilc.
As I was waiting to tell dh later that morning, the mammo center called and said due to an “assymetry" on my mammo, they needed me to come in for more testing. I said, “I felt a mass in my breast today." They said, no, the mammo doesn't show a mass and I said firmly. “There IS a mass."
So you can see my signature line what unfolded after that.
And I don't care who says it doesn't happen, medical personnel or other, but my belief is that the pressure of the mammo pushed that mass closer to the surface and I felt it.
An MRI determined the mass to be 6.9 X 4.3 X 1.8 cm. I’m not good at understanding centimeter measurements, so I have stored in my notes that those measurements equal 2.7 X 1.7 X .7 inches.
Neoadjuvant chemo shrunk the mass way down tho not completely and I was able to have a lumpectomy.
The mass or lump did not feel like a pea or a marble, as I hear some people say. I describe it as a gnarled line, sort of like what a bumpy scar that didn't heal right might feel like underneath the skin.
found lump 12/22/10~er+/pr+/her2- stage iv bone mets------------- Chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex------------- March2019/Ibrance-Aromasin---------- Sept2019/Verzenio-Aromasin