Saturday, October 10, 2009

October is....


image courtesy of Jemima's Journal

Have you had your mammogram?

This past Thursday I went in for a diagnostic mammogram. I've been having some breast pain, of late, in my right breast. They wanted to perform the diagnostic mammogram, rather than a screening mammogram, just to be on the safe side. 

After being smooshed, squeezed and compressed in every which way imaginable the radiologist determined, based on the results, that it was best to go ahead and perform an ultrasound on that right breast. Now worries begin to beset. Oh no, surely not the big "C". Fears escalate a bit when the technician comes back into the room to tell me that the radiologist would like to speak with me, personally.  

The radiologist enters and tells me that what I have are benign cysts. Oh thank God, only the little "c". One cyst had enlarged  from my previous mammogram and that could be why I was feeling some pain. All in all GREAT NEWS. 

Unfortunately, the news isn't that great for other women. Please use this "close call" as a reminder to regularly examine yourself and get your yearly mammograms. Your life may be dependent upon it someday. 


ChristineM said...

Glad you only had a little "c"! I'm going for mine next week - I always freak out because I have "dense tissue" in one area, so they always have to shoot and reshoot....sometimes these things aren't worth the trouble!

Raoulysgirl said...

So glad everything turned out ok! I am still young enough that, with no family history, mammograms aren't yet a part of my life. I actually dread the day when they enter in, but what can you do? If we have the boobies, we must keep them healthy, right?

Lissaloo said...

I'm glad all is well, you had me worrying there for a minute! And I am apt to agree with Christine, they are a pain! lol

Holly said...

I had my first one this year..I had to keep pressing for it because I am not 40 doctors go with that age for the first one, but I was having pain and freaking out. I pushed and they did it...but it took persistence on my part! Everything was OK. Every needs to do it. A very good friend..only 34...went for one and they found a lump so small and deep that they said she would have never found it herself until is was too late.

Holly @ 504 Main

It was uncomfortable, but considering the circumstancers...worth it!

Joanna Jenkins said...

YES! Great reminder to get your mammograms. So glad yours worked out fine.

Val said...

I went thru the same thing last year. First the mammogram then sent for another and finally an ultasound. I have alot of benign cysts. My poor husband was sitting in the waiting room nervous as could be. Glad everything was ok with yours.

Willoughby said...

I'm so glad you got good news! Another good reason to remind everyone to get their mammogram!

Rook No. 17 said...

Thank you for sharing and bringing awareness to this most crucial of issues facing not just women, but men too.

Warmest wishes, Jenn @


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