I have had friends with breast cancer. its difficult for a woman to think about all the ramifications of losing such a significant part of their body. The two years ago I had a lump removed from my left breast. All the worry, fear and anger at not knowing what was going to be the result made me crazy. Thank God the growth was not cancer. There.
I named the enemy. Cancer.
Then my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer and went through surgery. Its been six months and he’s gone for his follow-up cat scan. He’s cancer free so far.
So I didn’t want to go for my follow-up. I find the process really uncomfortable and put it off. Then the dog jumped up and bumped my breast with his nose.
My dog is a 70 pound Belgian Malinois and it hurt. My breast was sore for several weeks and I finally made a doctor appointment to have it checked. I didn’t feel anything- no lump or swelling but I worried. because it hurt.
As I waited I realized the doctor was going to send me for another mammogram anyway so I made an appointment. As I remembered it was uncomfortable, but i was in and out in an hour.
Then they called to ask me to come in for a follow up. Deja Vu. There was an area that needed to be magnified. I had another suspicious growth. Darn.
So I’ve had the second done. The doctor showed me my ex-ray for last time from my left breast and compared the new one of my right breast. The same type of cells only in a tight cluster.
I’ll be going back for a biopsy, then have the area removed if it’s pre-cancerous.
I’m holding my breath. It’s funny how fear does different things to you. I shut down my imagination. I know what to expect this time, but I’m dreaming about the procedure, what they’ll find. When my husband was undergoing treatment I met women who were going for chemo after surgery. They were such strong, determined women.
I will do whatever is necessary.
For my readers: Don’t put off that mammogram.
I keep wondering if an angel made my dog jump.
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