• My 1st mammogram

    Asked by unowhoandwhy on Saturday, October 20, 2012

    My 1st mammogram

    I went in for my 1st mammo on Monday, because that's what you do when you turn 40. There is no history in my family at all, so I had no expectation of a problem, but I got called back for a 2nd one & an ultrasound Thursday, and they said I had a lump in my right breast. My biopsy is Monday, but I met with the surgeon today and she said that based on what the lump (which is just over 1 cm & not attached to anything, thank god) looks like, there is almost no chance that it isn't cancer (it's not just lumplike, it has nasty little tendrils, etc.). I haven't told anyone yet, I'm waiting for the biopsy results before I do, but I am just numb from the shock of it all.

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    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Good luck with your results. Numb is normal and good. May you be surrounded by love and support. Tucking you in prayer.

      about 5 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Prepare for the worst, but expect the best. Mammograms have saved my life twice so far. Cancer sucks, royally, but I think everyone on this site would agree that living is what it's all about. I will be thinking of you & hoping for clear results, but have a plan B in place in case you need to use it. That should make you feel better. Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Waiting for biopsies (and for the results from biopsies) is the pits. So many questions without answers run through your mind. Plus not talking about what is going on as it weighs on you is so hard. And then, as you say, you are numb from the shock of it all.

      Good for you for going and getting that first mammogram. 1 cm is pretty small, so chances are if it is cancerous, it has been caught early.

      Try to keep yourself busy. Go for walks, watch comedies, do the things you love. And of course, we are here to support you.

      about 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Good luck with the biopsy. Numb is normal. I have several 'bad' Mamos - including my first in 1989, which turned out to be a fibroadenoma I had another one removed in 1999. (the rest were cysts) - until the biopsy results on in there is no way of knowing what you are dealing with. The waiting and uncertainty are the worst. Please be aware that the pathology report will take about a week to back. Virtual hugs and handing holding.

      almost 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar


      almost 5 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Never go by what the mammogram or ultra sound results gives and wait for 6 months to get another one.And them telling you that it's a cyst and benign..Always see a surgeon immediately to have a lump raken out and a biopsy.Yhat is the only way of knowing if it is cancerous.There's so much I can say about this that's happened to me,but I'm very persistent in finding out things and ther surgeon told me I did the right thing,because it eas cancerous and spreaded.Had 2 surgeries because I waited 'til the 6 months and had second mammogram and ultra sound.Now I'm on chemo and radiation treatments.I'm a stage 2.Please Ladies do not wait.....God bless you all. <3

      almost 5 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Praying for peace and comfort for you during the wait for results. If there's anyone whom you would feel comfortable talking to so they could worry along with you, it really helps. I didn't want to worry my mom but I called my sister right away. She went with me to the biopsy and kept in touch every day until the call came in. My surgeon sped that process along, and I had an answer in two days. Remember that whatever the result is, many women have been there before you and are out there happily living their lives.

      almost 5 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      First, good luck- i pray that your biopsy comes back negative. I can relate yo your story. I was diagnosed 4/5/11. I had my normal annual mammo 3/3/11 and was called back for spot mammo and ultrasound. That was finally scheduled ;3/31/11. After spot mammo and ultrasound the radiologist told me I needed a core needle biopsy and that he could fit me in that afternoon. I went back to work and started surfing the Internet for info. Later that afternoon after the biopsy I asked the radiologist "so 99% of the time it turns out to be nothing, what do you think?". He said "I do not feel comfortable telling you it's not cancer." So I knew it was cancer. Waiting for the results sucked. I drive myself nuts.

      So, first maybe you will be one of the lucky ones- and I really hope you are. However if it is cancer, it was probably caught early and your prognosis should be good. If I could give you one piece of advice, something I wish I learned eat on, try to be in the moment and focus on what you know to be true today.

      Good luck yo you - we are here for you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      This is such a scary time for you. Fear and numbness...I think that's all normal. Hopefully you have excellent breast care professionals around you. I was diagnosed a year ago and have completed mastectomy, reconstruction and chemo, and I still get a call about once a month from a nurse at our breast care center, just to see how I'm doing. The outpouring of support from those health care providers and your circle of family and friends will buoy your spirits throughout this journey. I found this site very helpful when I had a question over a weekend when I didn't want to bother my doctor. We cancer fighters want to help each other. I am hoping today will be a good one for you. Good luck as you move forward in this fight.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ImStillHere's Avatar

      I was diagnosed from a routine mammogram, and it was indeed a horrible shock. This is a very difficult thing to face, and often results in a roller coaster of emotions. Do whatever it takes to get through it. If you feel like going out and doing things to get your mind off of it all, great. If you just feel like holing up in bed, eating chocolate, and watching movies, that is perfectly fine as well. Please check back in with us along the way, the people here are wonderful.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hi unowhoandwhy. I was 31 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Non of the factors for being as risk for breast cancer (DNA) did not apply to me.
      *I was 31
      *No family history of bc
      *I wasn't over weight/obese
      *I didn't use birth control pills (they elevated my blood pressure)
      * I had my only child when I was 17, etc.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Waiting is the worst isn't it? I got called back several times over the years. It was always cysts, but the last time it was cancer. Take a big deep breath. Breast Cancer is not the death sentence it was once thought to be. So try hard not to worry too much (yeah right huh?). The best site I ever found is www.breastcancer.org. I wish you the very best. I am a 2 time cancer survivor & there are a lot of us!

      almost 5 years ago
    • unowhoandwhy's Avatar

      Thank you everyone for your kind words. The biopsy was today and now the waiting game that I'm sure you're all sadly familiar with begins!

      almost 5 years ago
    • unowhoandwhy's Avatar

      My lump was confirmed as cancer, just waiting for an MRI & genetic testing to see where I go from here. It turns out that I do have a family history of it on both sides, but no one ever talks about it. Which is ridiculous, it runs in families and is better to catch it as early as possible! Anyway, my mother's maternal grandmother died in her early 40s from breast cancer and my father's paternal grandmother and one of her daughters both had mestectomies because of breast cancer. Knowing that, I am leaning towards the double matectomy, just for my own peace of mind, but it's something I will definitely discuss at length with my surgery once all the results are in.

      almost 5 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I had had several biopsys before the one that became Stage 4 cancer. I always said if I should win the lottery the first thing I would do is have my breast removed and get some kind of implant/reconstruction. I didn't win the lottery and now have to deal with cancer that can't be cured. With your family history ( similar to mine) I agree that would be a weight off your shoulders.
      The one thing I have done is tell my daughter, grandaughter, neices and just about every female I have contact with. "make sure you do your self exams".
      Make sure you do talk about it. Make sure the girls in your family learn about it. You may be the one that saves one or more of their lives.
      GOOD LUCK!

      almost 5 years ago
    • joyboo's Avatar

      keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I to am waiting for genetic results. I don't know what lies ahead, but waiting and having my mind wander sucks. Try to stay positive and busy.

      almost 5 years ago

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