After my very first mammogram - I got the dreaded letter in the mail, "We've detected an irregularity and recommend that you make an appointment for futher imaging."
Followed by a call from my Dr. (who has NEVER called me) to tell me that I have an asymmetrical breast.
Aren't they supposed to be asymmetrical?
Apparently, this is actually a medical term. I immediately jumped on Google and found this, and this, and this. And ok, the words "Breast Cancer" came up an awful lot and I started to get a little freaked out. However, my doctor and the technician assured me that 90% of the time, these tests find that there is nothing of concern. So I, in turn, reassured hubby.
And truly, after about 24 hours, I just decided to deal with it. I was even able to schedule it on the same day as a dentist appointment and then justify taking an entire day off work so I could visit all my medical/dental people and still get in some shopping and a haircut.
This is how I operate - I have HUGE anxieties over MINOR things (like poster frames for my office) and I totally go with the flow on the big things. Like when hubby quit his job and was out of work for six months. I would NEVER have thought I would be so cool for six months waiting for a paycheck to come in. But I was. Really. Just ask him. I WAS! Almost immediately after he got his new better paying job? I started to stress about bills.
What can I tell you. I need help.
So anyway, after a 2nd (more stringent...and by this I mean SQUUUEEEZZZEEEE) mammogram (which still didn't really cause that much pain, let me say) and then a focal ultrasound, I've learned I'm one of the 90%. What they were seeing was a lymph node. A perfectly healthy and normal lymph node.
The latest letter to come in the mail had a boring little message, "We are pleased to inform you that all results are normal."
Please pause to thank whatever God you believe in on my behalf.
And let me just say again, if you are 40+ and are not getting a regular mammogram, please go. How much would I have been kicking myself if it turned out to be something after I postponed my first mammogram for a year?