Monday, June 15, 2009

Crisis Averted

My health scare is over so now I feel better writing about it. About a month ago one of every woman's biggest fears came true for me...I found a lump in my breast. I completely freaked out. It was the middle of the night so I got it all out and was able to pull myself together by the morning and go to the Dr. who said, yes, you have a lump. He said for me to have a mammogram and ultrasound which I immediately scheduled, but took about 2.5 weeks to get the appointment, and to also schedule a consult with a surgeon...just in case. I had the tests done and they said nothing showed up as a mass on either test, but was told to keep my appointment with the surgeon in case he thought I needed a biopsy. My fears subsided quite a bit after the tests showed up negative, however I was still a little nervous. I saw the surgeon last Friday and he said there is not a distinct lump for him to remove, but just lumpy tissue. I am supposed to go see him again in 3 months or sooner if it changes. The day I saw him, it was harder for me to find the lump and now it has shrunk even more so I feel ok with not having any other tests. I'm writing about this to remind women to check their breasts! I had 2 clinical breast exams earlier in the year and this was not found. I found it myself. We know our bodies better than any doctors.

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

WOW. I'm glad to hear it was nothing... that is a big scare. I have a spot that every doctor pauses on also. One of them told me it was lumpy tissue, so I don't worry about it now but it was still a bit alarming at first. I've never had to go for testing though, that had to be quite scary.

BTW how are your headaches from the accident?

Patrice said...

I still have a headache most of the time. I have gotten some relief though where I don't feel dizzy all the time anymore (only sometimes). I even occassionally have no pain at all...that is when I get giddy! I think I'm on the right track with the latest PT I'm seeing, but it's still going to take a while.