Saturday, March 27, 2010

I checked myself and I almost wrecked myself….

I've been away for two weeks but it feels like months. I apologize, but I thought I had cancer. (how's that for an attention grabber?)

So I'm taking this opportunity to tell you ladies, check yourself. Self breast exams are vital. I did one two weeks ago and found a lump four centimeters in diameter. I almost went crazy with anxiety that first night. I cried. I hugged my husband. I call my sister. I called my mother-in-law. I made my husband feel. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she referred me to a breast specialist who I saw the following Tuesday. She did a biopsy there in the office and Friday I found out that it must be removed. I'm not sure of all the medical jargon, but I know the meaning of surgery.

I know that this seems a little dramatic for something that is most likely not a huge deal, but if I had just ignored it… I don't even want to think what it could turn into. I was told that if I just left it, it could quite possibly turn into cancer.

I am 24 years old with no risk factors what so ever and I have a pre-cancerous lump the size of a large grape sitting in my right breast. My doctor did not find it, ladies. I found it. Please check yourself, if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with what your normal is so when something is not normal you can take the next step.

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