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Should I be Scared?

Friday, January 09, 2009

Okay everyone— today I got a phone call at work from my health care provider. I had a mammogram last week and they want me to come in for a sonogram because they want to examine something they saw in my left breast. I am 43 years old, and this is the first mammogram I have ever had. It could be a cyst or a swollen lymph node, or it could be cancer, or who knows what else?! I don’t feel any lumps or bumps, so I don’t know what they saw.

Should I be scared? I couldn’t get an appointment until January 19th, but the woman I spoke to said the radiologist would interpret the results the same day, so that part is good. At least I don’t have to wait any longer to find out what’s going on. I just wish I didn’t have to wait 10 days for my appointment.

I guess I’ll just party like there’s no tomorrow until then! LOL! Has anyone else ever gone through this?

— Lisa
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    Hi Lisa,
    I work in Healthcare and although your thoughts could be true, most of the time they need to take another mamo to get a better picture. There are other mamos that are more detailed with more views, and can be required if you have dense breast tissue.
    I hope that helps to put your mind at ease, please just try to take a deep breathe and relax ;)
    You are inmy thoughts and prayers that all is just fine ;)
    4581 days ago
    Still thinking about you! I hope everything goes well tomorrow. emoticon
    4581 days ago
    It has happened to me twice. They would rather be safe than sorry.
    4584 days ago
    Don't be scared because it has happened to one of my girlfriends several times! Everytime she came out okay and so will you. Keep you head up and I will pray that everything works for your good.
    4585 days ago
    i truly hope everything turns out great for you.
    4586 days ago
    Dear Lisa cat,
    All these ladies have experienced the same thing, and are giving you very sound advice...don't worry too much, and pray. That's about all you can do.
    I will also be praying for positive results.
    Your Momcat
    4588 days ago
    Stay calm. Whatever it turns out to be, you can't change it right now but you can make yourself feel a whole lot worse by worrying about it. I knew something was amiss for me after I had my ultrasound back in Aug. last year (they were confirming my gallstones which I did indeed have) but found the other 'thing'. I had to live with the what ifs until I had my CT and MRI but knew concentrating on tasks at hand (setting up my class for school opening) would be more beneficial in the long run. It's hard to do but it is better for you health wise. A few weeks ago, my doc confided in me that she was amazed at my calm through everything. Well, I told her the same thing. Worrying about it wouldn't help, it would only make me feel worse.

    I'll be checking in on you to see how you are doing. Hang in there! BTW, I just finished my first week of back to school since last June. Oh my! THAT stressed me out!

    Isn't life fun??

    4588 days ago
    That's what happened to me when I had my first mammogram about a year ago -- apparently it's very common after first mammograms, when they're figuring out what is and isn't "normal" for your breasts.

    The good news is that nothing showed up on the sonogram or a more squished mammogram -- I just have dense breasts. I hope that yours turns out to be the same.

    It was difficult not to feel anxious at times, but I *really* tried to not let myself focus on a potentially bad situation. Instead, I channeled the anxiety into annoyance at having to schedule another appt and travel to NYC again (I was already living in CT by then, but still had docs in NYC). I hope you're able to find some way to keep from becoming anxious about this -- it won't do anyone, or anything, any good. {{{hugs}}}
    4589 days ago
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    I'm so sorry, Lisa! I can only imagine what you are feeling... but it sounds like it's a common thing... so stay positive and as worry free as possible... I, too, will pray for you. Blessings, my dear! ~CAthy
    4589 days ago
    I had one scare years ago. "Fatty" tissue. Now I keep yearly appts.
    How I handled it? Said a prayer, thought positive thoughts and stayed positive.

    I'll say a Prayer for you and you stay positive. OK. emoticon
    4589 days ago
    i ahd a scare once also, but it was nothing. it was actually when i had lost weight it was the size of a golf ball and hard. ended up being a fattty deposit.
    4589 days ago
    I have. I had my first mammogram 3 years ago and they had me come in and take an ultrasound. After that my gynochologist called and had me make an appointment with our Women's clinic hospital surgeon. He said he wanted to do a biopsy but it was the day before we traveled to Ohio for Christmas and he said it could wait until we came back. He said no matter what it was it would not change in that couple of weeks so we sceduled it for Jan. 3. They said that it was most likely a cyst or very dense. I went in and they did a biopsy and the next day they called and said it was benign and now they had a baseline and could tell better when they saw things. When I went home that Christmas there were about 6 people in my circle of family and friends that went through th same thing and they were all ok. It is very common to be called back.
    I will pray for you. I know what you are feeling.
    4589 days ago
    I had my first exam a few weeks ago and I posted my experience on my blog. I was also asked to returned back because of my right breast. It turned out to be something related to my breast tissues. During my wait of the second appointment the only thing I could have done was pray to God and thanking Him that everything was well.

    Read my blog if you want.

    Everything will be ok.
    4589 days ago
    I've not had this happen, but I would suggest that you try not to jump to too many conclusions. I know that's difficult, but all the worry won't do you any good. It could be nothing at all. Since it was your first mammogram the doctors don't have anything to compare it to to see if there have been changes. It may just be your normal breast tissue. You certainly want them to take another look though, just in case. I certainly wish you well and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    4589 days ago
    I had something like this happen and it was nothing to worry about. It was a mass of tissue that was no big deal. They told me they do this just as precaution.
    4589 days ago
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