Well, reading my last post, I realise how relevant it is now, particularly in light of being told this week that I will need treatment for breast cancer!
This is how it got diagnosed:
I felt something where my arm rests against my side boob on the left-hand side. No lump, no ‘thickening’, just felt funny – not right.
The nurse said it was fine, Doc said it was fine, probably hormonal. Come back if worried.
The following week, I prayed, ‘Father, if I don’t have to worry about this, let it go from my mind’. The next morning it was the first thing I thought about! Spoke to the Dr and he referred me to the breast clinic. Appointment on 14th Jan.
The lady who examined me could feel nothing of concern on my left or right breast, but some ‘benign’ lumpiness on the top of the right one. I was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound. There was a cancellation on 17th Jan, the mammogram was clear, left breast clear and the ‘lumpiness’ was clear. However, as she ran the ultrasound up and under from the right side she found a tiny shadow. It was 0.89cm and she biopsied it. I made an appointment to go back to the clinic on 7th Feb, but I got a call on 24th Jan cheerily telling me I’d been booked into an appointment with the consultant on 28th Jan.
I was told at that appointment that it currently looks like Stage 1, Grade 2 Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer.
MRI scan will determine whether it is in the other breast too and whether the ‘funny feeling’ was anything other than a complete blessing that got me into the Drs in the first place, or actually IS something dodgy.