Wow. Way to make a girl feel loved! Thank you all for thoughts and prayers. I honestly feel pretty ashamed of myself for alarming anyone before I knew what was going on, so forgive me. I just got home. There is a small (3mm) cyst they found not by mammogram but with ultrasound. (Apparently, I have the breast tissue of a 20 year old—which means DENSE—and will now always have an annual ultrasound with mammogram. Who knew? A new law was just passed that requires breast tissue density to be scored **true to my nature, I am at the TOP of the charts!** so that people can know whether a mammogram may miss something. I'm one of those that a mammogram missed. Is there any way to know it was there in October when I had my annual mammogram? No. There isn't. But, I don't think it was. I'm very, very, very vigilant in self-checks. The lump I found at the end of December was sizable and new. It's shrunk (a good sign) but still there. And, according to the radiologist, doesn't look like cancer but he is not sure what it looks like. Fun, right? Always one to keep them guessing....
The lymph nodes are still swollen but look normal. I didn't (and still don't) know what swollen nodes feel like, apparently. A bit disconcerting. Still, the radiologist did not recommend biopsy but left it to my doctor.
My doctor wanted biopsy.
He said if I was just a gal with all this and had done IVF, he'd probably not biopsy.
If I was just a gal with all this and a mother who had died of breast cancer, he'd probably not biopsy.
But, since I'm a gal whose mother died of estrogen receptive breast cancer, and I've pumped my body in loads and loads with the very stuff that probably killed her?
He isn't taking chances. I'm with him. He feels confident the results will come back negative (a couple of days) but is still puzzled by the mass...could be fibroid, could be benign cyst, could be mild duct back clog (did you KNOW that existed?????)...could (and probably is) just a quirky little part of me.
So, I feel pretty confident it's fine. I have to follow up with the oncologist surgeon on the 29th and recheck with mammogram and ultrasound in 3 months (or sooner if more lumps or pain in nodes) but I'm sure it's going to be fine.
I'm a bit more concerned about the 22nd and the endometrial biopsy, but even still...if it turns out to be something (and with a couple of c-sections, a few laparoscopies and endometriosis in my bag of tricks, could be a ton of other things!) serious, it's early. And there are a lot of things that can be done.
Sooooo....again, thank you for all of the love and well wishes and prayers and good thoughts. I really do feel a bit like I threw a big temper tantrum anyway by throwing it all out on FB before I really knew what I was dealing with. I won't lie, though. It's really, really nice to have people rally when you are scared.
And I was, a bit.
So thank you, thank you.
More to come as I learn it...