Would you share what a lump (your lump) felt like...excellent point! My sister said hers felt like a pea, and she had a pimple on her breast that was shedding cancer cells...this is not unusual! I have lumpy breasts and never know exactly what I'm supposed to feel! I'm going to ask for an MRI this next time, because I've had mammograms since I was 35...twenty years of radiation can't be good.
Thank you for your wonderful post! and so much truth!
Alrighty. I actually did not have a lump. Nothing palpable by the docs or myself. This is what is so amazing about the diagnostic tools they have today. They found my cancer on a still cellular level through digital mammography, then a needle core biopsy. Because of my family history I was being monitored carefully at the University Colorado Hospital Breast Center. An MRI and Mammogram alternating every 6 months. The cells showed on the mamo not the MRI. Some cells can show on one and not the other and visa versa. Nothing was seen 6 months prior. Some cancers grow very fast. Because they were able to detect so early I was categorized as Stage 0 Grade 3, Comedo DCIS. These are very aggressive bad cells. By the time they would have developed in to a palpable lump it would have been a very serious problem. I am also Her2nu positive and estrogen Negative. No Brac 1 or 2. But the genetic counselor I see in Denver, Lisa Mulineoux at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, feels there is probably a gene in my family that has yet to be identified.
My message to all ladies is be regular with your screening. Breast cancer now has one of the highest cure rate percentage of all cancers predominantly due to early detection. Feeling for lumps is good, but had I waited to go in by the time I had a lump my diagnosis would have been have been very bad. I had lumpy breasts too and that just makes it harder. I had had many needle core biopsies in the past, all negative. They can find stuff really early now.
I also conferred with three different breast cancer teams in the Denver area. I always advise a second opinion. It is a spirit racking experience, but it will give you better piece of mind in your decision of treatment. In my case each one recommended bilateral mastectomy - do not play with the devil. Had I been faced with varying opinions, that would have made the decision making process harder.
That is it in a tiny nutshell. Any questions any one has, I am happy to share my experience.
Dear Susan, Many thanks for honoring Elizabeth Edwards. Her solid self-dignity amidst traumatic health and marital upheavals makes her a powerful role model for women of all ages. In my recovery yoga classes, I have not mentioned her demise, as I don't want to possibly invoke fear or sadness, especially in newly-diagnosed...I keep thinking a client will bring up her name, but so far not. We are all carrying her energy, though....thanks for giving me a platform to safely share here. Camille