There I was .....minding my own business.... when I made an appointment for a regular old GYN checkup after getting a few of thoise nice reminder post cards that I was overdue. She ordered a mammogram, as I was overdue for that, too.
I am 52 years old, and has a routine screening mammogram on April 7th. Easy peezy.
I have no lumps or problems, and never gave the routine mammogram another thought. Until they called me yesterday. I have to go back for spot compression views and an ultrasound of my right breast due to findings of "a new, partially obscured nodular density measuring approximately 7 mm .... in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast". This was a change from the digital mammogram I had in June 2006 at the same medical center. I can't feel anything in that area, and beleive you me I started hunting as soon as I hung up the phone, right in my office at work!
Now I know that it is way too soon to worry. I know that 7 mm is very tiny. I know that it is entirely possible that closer views will not see anything nefarious. I know all that. I know that even if I end up having a biopsy that 80% of the time it is benign.
I know the facts with my intellect, but to my emotions it is simply a flip of the coin, and I vaccilate between seeing heads or tails.
My paternal grandmother died of breast cancer. It had already spread to her bones before diagnosis. My maternal grandmother also died of cancer. Primary unknown, they decided to take out her gall bladder and opened her up to find cancer seeded throughout the abdomen. She was gone in a matter of weeks.
So naturally, if I'm going to indulge in "what if ..." worries, I may as well go for the full fear factor, LOL. Of course going so far as to post on a public message board means that nothing will be wrong. Right?
I have to say how nice it is to see a forum for Not Diagnosed but Worried. Perfect! Thank you!
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