As I mentioned, October has been medical tests month at Mayo Clinic for me. I decided to go there because I was not happy with the group I chose last year. Prior to last year I had not been to a doctor for any routine tests in about 15 years. In passing I knew that they found ‘something’ on my routine mammogram last year, but they ALWAYS find ‘something’ which is ALWAYS just cysts. I had asked to go straight to the ultrasound last year, but the radiologist refused. I walked out. I had all I could handle at the time getting my thyroid issues worked out. I was honest with the doctor at Mayo this year that there ‘might’ be an issue. He had me in for the diagnostic 3D mammo on Tuesday last week, which morphed into an immediate ultrasound. That morphed into a biopsy on Thursday. Which ended up in a call on Monday telling me that yes, it is cancer.
I had the appointment with the cancer surgeon yesterday. I’m lucky. It is a small, ‘well behaved’ little tumor. I’m having a lumpectomy on 10/31, and will have radiation for a few weeks afterwards. Basically 2 weeks from mammogram to surgery. They are efficient at Mayo. I’m hoping to have a lot to celebrate in December when I have my next birthday. I am now a member of the Big C club, but it seems that I’m getting off pretty lightly. I am thankful.
If any of you can send healing thoughts and prayers my way on the 31st, I would appreciate it. I’ll keep this journal updated as well. I’m hoping that this will be a very small blip in my life.
Mom finally gets her apartment today. So, we will be moving her stuff during all this. And, I still have my colonoscopy on Monday. Mike is coming down to help with both events, driving me to and from the test and helping move Mom’s stuff.
I will admit that it seemed disconcerting to suddenly see ‘Breast Cancer’ everywhere I looked after I got the call that I had it. Then I realized it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (day? week?) and it made sense. I thought for awhile the Universe was trying to tell me something.
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