Friday, January 9, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaack

Hello All,

I haven't blogged in forever and that has been a personal issue. In December I was confronted with the possibility of breast cancer. I did not find a "lump" but had an overall "bumpy" feeling that had constantly gotten worse over a 6 month period. In November I also started having a discharge from one of my breast with an itching and burning irritation on the nipple as well. One night the pain was just too bad to deal with anymore. I finally made an appointment with the MD. I thought maybe some kind of an infection but she was concerned about the very real possibility of breast cancer. I had never heard of breast cancer apart from a women finding lump so this floored me.

The type of cancer she was concerned with is called Paget's Disease. I had all the classic symptoms from what I researched. After a mammogram, an ultrasound, and 2 appointments with a Dr specializing in breast cancer (I didn't even know they existed, I thought a cancer doc was a cancer doc), I have been diagnosed with fibrocystic breast disease.

The name is actually quite deceiving. It's not a disease per say but a very painful nuisance. It like PCOS but for the breast instead. My breast have several (I think the tech said 10-15) cyst. They are hard, they are painful, and they cause swelling and drainage of the breast. But they are not deadly which is GREAT news. FBD is manageable but not treatable or curable. I have also been told that it does give a slight increased risk of breast cancer but not so much as to be worried about.

So pretty much I am free from mammograms for 2 more years. If that one is fine then I don't have to have another until 40. Thank you to those who have know and who have prayed for my health. Thank you for being patient as I took time to handle my emotional health as well as the physical.

This weekend Jerry and I will be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary. Our actual anniversary was the 5th but he had to work on Monday so we will be off to Myrtle Beach for a couple of days.

Will be talk more soon,I promise!

3 comments:

Lishak said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm so happy that everything is fine. That must have been a very scary situation! I hope you have a great time on your trip.

Kim Allen said...

Happy Anniversary.. Have a great get away.. wish I were there.. well not with you and Jerry but in a warmer climate.

Lishak said...

Hey,

Stop by my blog sometime. I have a bloggy valentine for ya!