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October BC awareness...
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:51:33 AM »
 :( BC has become my fear..for the past few Octobers. The other day I was thinking my goodness every year I will have to go thru this when it's time for my mammogram. The fear. Every year. There will never be a time when we don't have this to worry about will there?

I've been trying to eat the healthiest things...organic berries, organic kale, broccoli...but that doesn't help the fact that I have a sit down job=barely any exercise. My mother died of colon cancer so I have the colonoscopies to look forward to every 3 years and because colon and breast cancers are related-I worry about this too. I have a really hard doing my monthly exams.

All this and then...I got the letter in the mail from the radiology place reminding me that it's time for my mammogram. 

It makes me kind of angry that some people can afford genetic testing & surgery to head off disease while the rest of us-the majority just have to roll the dice with our health. My sister has no insurance and has had pre-cancerous issues in her breast. I worry about her. I worry about me.

So it's almost time and I'm also double worried because last year the report said there were benign "calcifications"  Anyone have those??
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
My mom just finished her breast cancer treatment. She had the tumor removed and went through several weeks of radiation and is now in remission.

It's not a death sentence. Nor is it something you should get excessive anxiety over. Be prepared, but don't fret over it every year. All that will do is rob you of the time you could be using to enjoy life.

You have a scripture from the Bible in your signature, so I'll share one that helps me with constant worry (I'm sure you've read it before).

Do Not Worry25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 12:56:44 PM »
(nice, jml - one of my favorites!)

I struggle with the october thing too & also the concept of preventative measures, so to say.  This was during a time I was seeing a counselor & she said to me, well if you did that, would that really stop you from worrying or would you move on to something else.  (we here on the HA board know the answer to that!). 
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 01:50:51 PM »
jml-no chemo for your mom? I am so glad she is in remission, how is she feeling?
and thank you very much. Yes I have read that one time & time again it is one of my favorites, but I still continue to struggle with it. :(

kcg-yeah we all have that in common huh? see-I've moved on from one to another quite a few times here. lol I guess sooner or later we will have worried about them all right?
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 04:15:36 PM »
The only other solace I fins with this subject is the fact that 90% of lumps are benign (that was work from a women's breast center where I had something checked a few yrs ago - benign as well) and if that seems unreal, check out all the other breast cancer posts here on the AZ!  I am not downplaying the disease at all (my mom had it 15 yrs ago & is fine today!) But I think we freak over the high amounts of media attention.  that and drs being quick to order all kinds of precautionary tests to "be sure" even though they know (as was in my case).  Hope this helped.
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 05:27:06 PM »
BC has always been a bad fear of mine. I had a fibroadenoma when I was 31 which was the scariest thing ever even though it is not cancerous in any way.  I am 37 and started mammograms at 35 because of it and I see my surgeon once a year.  She insists I am not at a higher risk but I still question her all the time.  I have no family history.
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 06:26:17 PM »
Hi Ladies. Pls Help I am freaking out! I found a small firm round lump under my nipple about a week ago. Of course this sent my anxiety over the top and have had all sorts of aweful anxiety attacks ever since. I went to my GP right away who said she didn't think it was anything to worry about but said that every lump needs to be investigated. I will be seeing a specialist in 3 days and i am sick to my stomach. My doctor said the lump is round and moves around and borders are well defined. I have poked and poked at it and to me the lump although round feels quite firm and immobile. I have 2 children one 4 year old and a 2 year old. I stopped breast feeding about 10 months ago. I am a 30 year old hispanic no family history. All these i am told are positives. Any advice????
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2014, 08:25:04 PM »
You need to calm down. I'm a thin 23 year old and have had several lumps in my boobs. Before I had my daughter I had an immovable lump in my nipple. When I was 19 I had a hard, painless, immovable lump in the 12o clock position on my breast. I got a mammogram and an ultrasound. They couldn't tell exactly what it was and they just said come back in 6 months and we will see if it changes. Turns out it shrunk. Shrunk away to where I couldn't feel it. It was very hard and firm and pea sized. I'm surprised it went away but it wasn't cancer. Most lumps are not! My nipple lump I had for probably 5years. It's home now too. No breast cancer here! Plus you've has several kids. It changes your body a lot. Go get it checked like I did for your peace if mind, but DO Not stress about it. Even lumps that fit the bad category like mine can be nothing ;)
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 12:19:59 AM »
OMG thank you so much. I really needed that! I will NOT google!!! The reassurance i received on this site tonight will suffice. Thank you. It means more than you know
Hazel
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Re: October BC awareness...
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 03:50:13 PM »
So I had my appointment on Thursday with a breast specialist and my clinical examination went great. She felt it and immediately said that it feels like a cyst and is of "low concern" She said we would do some imaging on it and I had a mammogram that day. The mammogram came back NORMAL! Her exact words were "so far so good hun" but then she sent me for an ultrasound. I asked if my mammogram is normal why do I need an US and she told me that sometimes ultrasounds pick up tiny cysts that the mammograms can miss. I should be ecstatic right? Wrong, I have this nagging feeling like she was not completely truthful with me. Why did my mammogram come back normal even though I can still feel the lump? it must have missed it, if it can miss a cyst than surely it can miss a cancerous tumor... right? The radiology tech told me that the doctor I saw was amazing and that if she had concerns she would have told me as she is very direct. I'm only 30 which is why I was surprised to have even had a mammogram as my understanding is that they are not accurate in woman my age. Ladies, does my rant sound like my HA is getting the best of me??? I feel like I'm losing it. 
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