First of all, thank you of the warmth and wisdom I've already seen here...I've been reading for a few days and without even knowing it you guys have talked me off a ledge. (Sort of. At least I've stepped back a few paces.)
About a week ago, I raised my arms over my head to put my hair up before a shower and saw a dimple on my inner right breast. I realized I had seen it before when it was smaller and I just chalked it up to an indentation from my bra. I did a self-exam and sure enough, there's a lump there. Then I remembered with dread that last September after my annual mammo, they called me back in for another look at a suspicious area on this same breast. At the time the radiologist determined that it was just dense tissue and sent me on my way. I'll tell you what, I'll be really pissed off if it turns out I've been growing a tumor all this time.
I did have a lump in a different spot on that same breast several years ago, which turned out to be a complex cyst that I had to have drained and biopsied -- all clear. But that was pre-menopause and now I'm post. And that one didn't cause any dimpling.
I went to my doctor immediately and she's extremely concerned, looked up last year's mammo report and is thinking the same thing I'm thinking. She actually said she wished she could take a pic of it so she could show her patients what to look for. She wanted to get me to the breast center the very next day for a diagnostic mammo and ultrasound, but they can't take me until the 27th! She told me to call them every day in the morning and see if there are any cancellations, which is obviously a tortuous way to live the next two weeks.
I'm praying it's just another cyst but this one feels different. I have a 15-year-old son who lost his daddy 7 years ago. He CAN'T lose me too. He just can't. If this is cancer, my inner warrior goddess is going to rise up and fight.
Thanks for listening and being here. I'll keep you all posted
8/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
8/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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