Two weeks ago I decided tell people about some tests I was having, and since then I’ve retreated back into my world of privacy about the issue; but I started something and now it’s time to finish the update.
The first procedure happened. A small marker was implanted surgically and although the procedure was more complicated than they had hoped, it all went well. Unfortunately the amount of bruising and swelling afterwards made it impossible for them to do the biopsy later that afternoon, so I was sent home to heal for a few days. I didn’t enjoy the experience, but there were some really incredible things from that day. The doctors, techs and volunteers at the Breast Care Center were amazing, my sweet husband was waiting for me afterwards with a chocolate bar, and my mother was waiting at my house with a fresh pot of coffee and was there to tuck me into bed when it was time to rest. I may not have been exactly comfortable, but I certainly felt blessed <3.
5 days later, off we went again. This time my sister Sarah had come up to visit for a few days so she was at home taking care of things. Greg and I arrived at the hospital, had my mandatory visit with the counselor (to make sure I understood what was going on, etc) and then it was time. The biopsy was successful and they were able to extract 4 rather large pieces of this thing. The healing time was longer, the pain afterwards a little more intense, but wow… my family and friends are amazing! It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you feel so loved.
Two days ago, I was asked to come into my doctors office to discuss my results. I don’t care who you are, that is a tough thing. I’m not trying to make this a cliffhanger, so I’ll just say that I tested negative for cancer. BIG sigh of relief. My doctor did follow it up though by saying that I have tested positive for Prolific Breast Disease, and I am to see a surgeon.
Some people have asked me, what does this mean? Well, it means I don’t have cancer, and that alone is a relief. I don’t have to worry about if it’s spreading, or if it will come back. Unfortunately what I do have, is a disease that will cloud the ducts of my breasts, cause more cysts to form and ultimately mask cancer in the future, making it almost impossible to detect. I am already classified as a high risk and am in a yearly screening program, but this disease makes the screening obsolete. I do not know what the surgeon will say or do, but I think we can all speculate what the next steps might be. I’m okay with this.
So there you have it! I’m back to waiting for the next appointment, but we are all a lot happier knowing what this is, and what it isn’t! Greg says we are going to go out and celebrate (fingers crossed for Red Lobster!!) and I’m almost healed enough to resume my normal life, which is good because I’m certain that I have nothing left to sell at the bakery, and I should probably get back to work at some point ;).