Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Here we go again

Welp, I got a callback on the mammogram.

Mother effer.

I've got no mental capacity to come up with something for you today so please forgive me for that.

I will refer you to this post from two years ago to refresh what is going through my mind but replace the dense spot in the right breast to an "asymmetry" problem on the left.   I still have what I call "vacation boobs" which I usually have for 2-3 week upon return before they begin their slow deflation.  I'm praying because I'm about 13 lbs higher than my last mammogram (ouch) between the holidays and a recent Chicago oinkfest, that I'm packing no more in my left boob than some leftover Gino's East deep dish and a Bent Fork Bakery ginger molasses cookie.

Have a great Tuesday!

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  1. No matter what, I am here for you. I know it can be stressful but I am glad they are thorough because it will keep you safe.

    1. Thanks hon. It's been quite the "rock week" for you. Sorry about that. Let's hope we just get through this part okay and get back to some semblance of normal ASAP!

  2. I've been praying for you and am so glad you are getting in there as quickly as you are. I'll be thinking about you all day and sending you virtual hugs! xoxoxo

    1. Thanks so much girlie. I'm so glad they had a cancellation so I wasn't waiting until Thursday.

  3. Sending good thoughts and vibes....been down this road, know the stress.

  4. It has been since 2013. But I remember the wait.

    I went in with intense pain and a spot we could feel.

    Outcome - It was a “dense spot” that had gotten itself all work up with my sports bra. It was on my side where I had a LOT of excess skin too.

    And I actually had the spot removed. As soon as it was identified as not cancer, not even a mass, I said so not doing this again. And they were able to take out the area.

    I was at goal weight. So much extra skin too. That sort of got folded over on itself in sports bra. I had a back lift and a front lift at the same time. Kept all my breast tissue. No implant. Just removed all the excess skin and lifted everything.

    I am also an anxious person. I found it late on a Friday. And called first thing Monday. And I think I was seen that day or the next day.

    I kept telling myself that of all the people who had found actual lumps that had turned out to be cancer, NO ONE I knew had found it because of intense pain. So I actually thought it was an irritated spot, but it was still really upsetting.

    I also get an annual mammogram. I get a 3D each time. I do not get a regular one. I could not tell from your post if you get regular and then they call you back to get 3D ??? If that is what is going on, or for anyone else reading this with dense breast tissue, I suggest a 3D each time.

    And then - anyone else reading this - 3D results come with a letter that still says something g to the effect of - you have really dense breasts, sort of “who knows”. What do we all do about that? Should we actually be getting ultrasounds?

    1. I can imagine how scary that was especially accompanied with pain. I'm glad it turned out to be nothing to worry about.

      I opted to not get 3D because I was told I did not have dense breasts and didn't need it. Plus the first time I got a callback was WITH a 3D mammogram so I figured they'd have an extra tool to use if they needed to call back. The way my place does it is an ultrasound is scheduled immediately following if they have any question what so ever and results from both are given immediately.

      I would ask the radiologist what the BIRAD score is and if it's anything 2 or more (still low malignancy chance) to insist on an ultrasound.

  5. Egad! I confess I'm years past getting my first one but it doesn't run in my family and all these false readings people get are my excuse for continuing to avoid it. I hope you get things sorted soon. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending good vibes your way.

  6. I didn't have a mammogram for about 25 years, between the ages of 40 and 65 when I finally went in two years ago. This began the fiasco mostly from having no baseline mammo to compare with. Microcalcifications. Googled it. Had to go back and finally they did a biopsy. It was a long weekend but results were normal but come back in 6 months for another mammo just to "be sure." Finally at the 6-month mammo I was deemed okay and told to come back in a year. I won't let that go again!! That being said--my boobs are enormous. Always hated them. And with my latest regain they've gotten even huger. If I could afford a preventative mastectomy I'd get one and gave little tiny A cups reconstructed in their place. I know you're gonna be fine. It's smart to catch it early just in case it is something. I learned that with hub's prostate cancer which had spread and become incurable before they found it due to a deceivingly low PSA. I'd tell you to be grateful yours will never be past early stages if indeed C is ever really found in your girls. Good Luck!!!


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