I've had a few weepy days lately, after finding a lump last week. I'm not one who does self-exams with any sort of regularity, but found it after feeling achy for a few days . I know that the chances of it being cancer are low, but the pain and the fact that I can't remember the last time I checked somehow made it seem scarier.
I called to get an appointment to see the doctor, hoping that I'd made it all up in my head and that he'd say it is nothing. He didn't - he felt a definite lump and wanted it checked out further.
I was scheduled for an ultrasound and mammogram (what fun!), this morning. The tech said that they didn't see anything to worry about. Maybe I should wait until the report comes back from the radiologist until it's official, but I'm guessing now that I'm in the clear.
The moral of this story is: if you don't do your self exams now, you should start. Even if you don't find anything, at least then you'll know. Because if someday you do find something, it'd be easier to handle if you knew that you were good just a few weeks ago. I can tell you from experience that it's no walk in the park to have to wonder not just what that lump is, but also how long it's been growing.
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