Monday, March 7, 2011
Lump. Lump. LUMP. LUMP.
Of course, the doctor didn't even have to SAY the word 'lump'... the longest 30 seconds of my life were spent with her fingers massaging one single spot on my left tata. I knew when she didn't just move along like she usually does, that the next words out of her mouth were words I was NOT going to want to hear.
And sure enough... I was right. "I'm feeling something right HERE", she said. And she grabbed my fingers and put them where she was pressing.
"I don't feel anything".
"Here. Right HERE".
"I still don't feel it".
That's almost as ascary as feeling it. WHY couldn't I feel it???? Who knows...
And the rest of my nice, calm, happy doctor visit was not so nice, calm or happy.
The doctor said "it's probably NOTHING, but I want you to have it checked out, and don't wait." Those of you that know me, know that this was equal to telling me "you have cancer and you're going to die within the month".
I called the moment I got home and made the appointment for another mammo and ultrasound for today, Monday. And I then spent 72 hours worrying. Even though logically I knew that it was PROBABLY nothing, most breast lumps are benign things... this was ME. I'm a worrier... to the n'th degree. Once you've had one cancer diagnosis, you always think you're getting another one. Even though it will be 20 years for me in May, it's ALWAYS in the back of my mind.
I'm not one to keep stuff like this to myself, so within moments of leaving the doctor's office on Friday I had texted a few people... and the phone calls and texts started rolling in... I went home and got on my boards and filled in the friends that I hadn't texted or talked to. I was in close contact with my sponsor - and although I know she was worried, I was never in danger of taking a drink. But her support was invaluable. As usual. ;-)
I spent the weekend in my studio - creating stuff. That was the only time my mind didn't work overtime. Hb was good about it - he left me to my own devices, and just offered support when I needed it.
And then FINALLY Monday came. And I went for the follow up Mammo (my last one was just 5 months ago) and down to Morristown for an Ultrasound.
The Mammo girl couldn't find the lump. The U/S girl couldn't find the lump. I couldn't find the lump. We knew about where it was, 4:00, according to my doctor, but we couldn't feel it.
The U/S tech rubbed and rubbed with the U/S thingy (that's my technical name for it) and I watched the screen intently.
"do you see anything?"
"Nope... everything LOOKS normal."
My heart sank. This was not what I wanted to hear - if my doctor FELT something, something WAS there, and it was hiding itself from the rest of the world.
The radiologist came in. Nice doctor. He's been reading my mammo's for the past 16 years.
"Sandi - there is absolutely no change in your mammo from the last ones, and I don't see anything on the U/S, but let me take a look."
He rubbed my tata. (my tatas have had a LOT of attention lately) He zeroed in on it immediately - I guess you have to have an MD after your name in order to feel my lump. And he grabbed the U/S Thingy (again - techy term) and rubbed all over it.
"You're fine. Normal breast tissue". (He wasn't big on words, but the words he spoke were good ones)
I said "Normal. Just tissue. No cyst? No TOOMAH?"
I said "So... what IS it?"
"It's you. It's just YOU and the way you're made."
Ok. I can accept that.
Thanks to all that supported me and held me up with your prayers and good thoughts... those Dawg thoughts worked their magic once again.
My friends are my lifeline, I've said it time and time again, and I mean it everytime I say it.
And I never want to hear the word LUMP again.