So having played bridge all day at the apartment where the photo above was taken, I come home a bit hot and sweaty – it was so humid – and decided to have a quick shower.
Groover was out at Kareoke for a friend’s birthday.
So I get out my nice Chanel soapy stuff lather up and touch my right boob.
That feels odd.
There’s a lump taking up what feels like half my breast.
How did I not notice it before?
First thought – breast cancer.
Second thought – breast cancer.
Third and continuing thought – breast cancer.
I bundle into my pjs and try and go to sleep but I can’t.
Groover eventually comes home.
I think I’ve got breast cancer.
Let me feel.
Eventually I fell asleep.
But in the morning the lump was still there and my boob is throbbing.
Of course it’s in the middle of a long weekend so I can’t immediately get someone to scan it, but thanks to a friend who is a doctor I manage to get into an imaging clinic on the Tuesday afternoon.
The last time I had a mammogram was May 2009.
So at 2.15pm I have a mammogram, and an ultrasound.
Jan – on the ultrasound – shows me these big black blobby things on the screen.
Those, she says, are cysts.
It feels like my entire breast is cysts – there are heaps!
So, she goes on, you can leave it or get the big ones drained…
I go for the Fine Needle Aspiration.
Ah well we might as well check out this area as well… unlikely to be cancer but while we’re there.
They give me a local anesthetic and then the needle goes in.
It bloody hurt. A lot.
Apparently they don’t numb everything as it can interfere with the testing.
They suck out what looks like about 40 mL of dark pinkish liquid.
Then they go to another area, and jiggle the needle around a bit to pick up some cells from the fibro-thingy.
[Edited to say... er it's a fibroadenoma.]
They seemed pretty confident so I told my friend the good news and champagne was drunk.
I got the all clear today (no worries says my friend) and I’ve got a slight bruise.
God. What a relief.
I was so upset and it was a false alarm.
I can’t imagine how bad it would be to get the alternative result like a friend of mine did recently.
My heart goes out to you.