It was December and I was headed to the OB/GYN for a routine annual. For years those visits were weird but as I’ve gotten older I’m proud to say my doc and I have an understanding. She doesn’t even have to say “scoot down” anymore. Lol. (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.) There was nothing she could say that would throw me for a loop. Or so I thought…
As my doc “massaged” my left breast she abruptly said “ummm…Ms. ______. I’ll be right back.” She returned and introduced me to Dr. X who also “massaged” me. They both looked at each other and nodded. Doctor X exited. My doctor turned to me and said “we feel a mass.” In that moment…I was gone.
She asked when was my last period and said something about hormones, cells and tissue…I could barely digest it, I had zoned out. She told me she wanted me to come back in a few weeks so she could examine me again. She said more than likely I was fine and all the other reassuring things she was probably supposed to say. I didn’t feel any better.
A few weeks later I went back to see her. The mass was still there. I was told I had to see a specialist and get a sonogram. I called several locations to make an appointment but the wait was so long, it made me even more depressed. I couldn’t believe what was happening. What’s worse is I dealt with it alone; I didn’t want to burden my friends and family with worrying about me. So, I handled it alone (like I do most things) and went about my daily activities like it was business as usual. I had no one to confide in and it was crazy.
Finally the day came. I prayed and prayed that I didn’t have breast cancer. Since I have lost family to cancer all I could think about was how much more I still wanted to do with my life. As I lay on that table I prepared myself for the worst and prayed for the best…but the mass was still there. I felt it. Every day. After what seemed like an eternity the technician said I was fine. Yes, I had a mass but it was definitely not cancerous and there was nothing to worry about. I wanted to kiss that lady square on the lips.
I was SO thankful. Some women aren’t but many times with preventative measures and early detection they may have caught the [breast] cancer before it was too late.
Breast Cancer Awareness is so important not just during October but every day. You should be examining your breasts daily. (I have a free chart hanging in my shower to remind me.) Now there are tons of FREE resources to help women learn more about the disease, signs to look for and what to do if you suspect that you have breast cancer.
If you haven’t been screened this year, please go and encourage all of your friends and family to do the same.
Please check back tomorrow for FREE Breast Cancer Awareness Resources. I love you for reading! Thank you.
Check out some more breast cancer posts from my BLM Blog Hop here. (The artwork does not belong to me, I found it online and thought it was fitting.)