Yesterday I introduced myself to you all, and updated those who have been following me for a long time. Today is day 2 and Blogtober 2019 – Breast Cancer Awareness.
I know there are many other cancers out there but today, we are talking about breast cancer awareness.
As all women know, we should check our boobs regularly. I usually do this when in the shower this way you get to know your own body and if anything does not feel right. I have now had 2 scares that I am going to share with you all.
The first time
About 5 years ago I had a heavy discharge from one of my boobs. C was older so it was nothing to do with milk production. I did the right thing and went to see my GP who examined me. She referred me to a breast clinic and told me the appointment would be within 2 weeks, not to worry as this is standard.
The appointment came and I went along feeling nervous. I was given a mammogram and ultrasound and examined by the Dr. I then had to wait a week for the results. It was a burst duct which would heal itself.
The second time
As I am of an age now, I got called for my first routine mammogram in the Summer. I had been checking my boobs regularly and was happy all was ok. I had the scan done and went away thinking that is it for another 4 years. Until the following Saturday I got a letter with an appointment to go the following week for more tests.
I went along feeling sick, I was scared. I was seen by a lovely nurse who went through everything with me. They had seen a dark spot and wanted to check it further. All going well it would be another mammogram and then sent home. I went to the waiting room and sat with a room full of other nervous women, one being my neighbour.
I was called in for my mammogram and then sent back to the waiting room. Then I was called for an ultra sound and asked to go back to the waiting room again. They could see a dark patch and wanted to take biopsies, and place a metal marker by the dark patch to keep an eye on it.
I was taken back into the room where I had my mammogram, and got my boobs back out while one Dr and two nurses put me at ease had me chatting and laughing. Luckily I did not feel a thing while they took the biopsies and inserted the marker. I had to wait in the waiting room again, and was given an appointment to return the following week to discuss what they had found.
The day before my appointment a nurse called me, I went into a panic and then let out a huge sigh of relief when she told me everything was ok and I did not need to go in for the appointment.
As you can see even checking your boobs you can never tell what is going on. If you are called for mammogram go, if you are called back go. It is scary at the time but if they had found something it was early enough to be treated.
You can see yesterdays post here.