October has been Breast Cancer Awareness month for many years. I’ve often promoted it through my own social media. I try to be wise and share good information with other people about many subjects. I never thought I needed to be checked for breast cancer. NO ONE in my family has ever had cancer of any kind. So I am safe, right?
I had my first ever mammogram in October of 2015. Kind of a fluke actually. My husband and I went in to get current vaccinations to go on vacation abroad. Dr Elwood stated I needed to get a mammogram for a multitude of reasons. My husband needs hernia surgery and they have been running him thru all kinds of tests including a full cardio workup to make sure he can handle surgery. We have been very busy with working and getting all of his appointments in. I didn’t have the time to get in for a mammogram.
Then the Drs office called and told me I had to get it done before her order expired. So I made the time. The technicians were great. They were kind and patient. Squish boob one…… Squish boob two…… They let me know that sometimes they have to call me back for better pictures but not to worry if I get that phone call.
I got that phone call. The lady on the other end of the phone said that they need to look at boob two again. They are not sure about the first pictures. Well we had a hard time getting that picture anyway- the first time somehow I got my chin into the picture. So I didn’t worry. I went in and the technician was amazing. She got the boob squished (more than enough) and took pictures. Got the machine repositioned and squished boob two yet again….. No chin in these pictures! Ready for going onto work. The technician asks me to wait while the radiologist makes sure of the images. Says don’t get dressed yet. She leaves the room. I pace. I sit. I play games on my phone. She knocks and comes in and brings in “the doctor”.
He was very nice. He shook my hand and introduced himself. (I have NO idea what his name is). He showed me the mammogram and the spots that are called ‘calcifications’. They might be nothing. Breasts sometimes have them because they are milk producing glands he tells me. But the calcifications are also indicators of cancer. We need to biopsy your breast.
He then explained they will insert a needle that will scoop out a tissue sample that will be analyzed. He stated that they will put in a titanium clip or marker. He said typically the biopsy removes all of the spot and they will use the marker to locate the spot for a lumpectomy or if that is not needed the marker will let them know my breast produces calcifications in this spot and they do not need to worry about it.
So they tell me I can get dressed and Susan will get me the next appointment. No rush they tell me. I can go on vacation and as long as I take care of with in two months it will all be fine. I get dressed and Susan takes me to Lindsay who starts giving me appointment options. We will do the biopsy the day my husband and I leave on vacation. I knew it would cause me undue concern to put it off.
I’ve been through a gamuet of emotions. I let my daughters both know, cause you know they have breasts too. I realized then in part of the information I have tried to share over the last few years is that men can get breast cancer too. I’ve had a tinge of fear, but I refuse to live in fear. Fear is not from God and I try my hardest to walk with God in everything I do. So I am trusting God to walk with me thru this.