Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Breast Cancer

A few weeks ago I felt a lump on my breast. 
I am usually very religious about checking myself every month like you're supposed to, but for some reason I forgot the last few times.  So when I put on a new underwire bra, it poked me on the side.  I felt that area and the lump.  It felt so weird, like a soft, squishy ball.  Of course this happened on a weekend (don't they always?) so I had to wait until Monday to get some answers.
I remembered that a few years ago after having my yearly mammogram I had to go back in to have a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound.   I don't remember what they said but it was nothing.  My new lump was in the same area.  I had never felt it before, so it must have grown over the last few months.
I always wondered if I would know if I had a lump or not, as my breasts are very lumpy anyways.   How would I know the difference?  But I knew that if I kept checking myself every month, I would learn what was normal and what was not.  And I did.  At least the cyst confirmed that theory.

While I was growing up my mom had numerous cysts over the years.  She told me of a big, long needle they would use for a biopsy.  Thankfully none were cancerous.  But I am terribly afraid of needles. 
And I couldn't imagine losing my breasts.  I like my breasts.  I like that I have breasts!  I didn't realize how much they are part of me until I had the first tests a few years ago.  It finally hit me what a big deal breast cancer is.  Our breasts are a part of our identity as women.  For better or for worse, they are a part of who we are.  I didn't want to lose that.  Especially when there is not much else feminine about me! 
So I went in to my OBGYN and had the diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.  Cysts.  And no biopsy with a big, long needle.  Whew! 
I write this to tell you to check your breasts every month!  If you don't know how, you can go to the American Cancer Society website.  It may save your life.   


DaFish said...

I love my boobies too ;)

amyjean1010 said...

You bet your boobies Trish!