As you may have noticed in my post yesterday, I made reference to having the day off work today for some medical tests. For any of you read my other blog, you probably already knew what was going on if you read my Calling All Sistahs – Self-Exam Reminder post over there a couple of weeks ago. In it, I shared I found a lump in one of my breasts earlier this month while doing my monthly self-exam. As a result, I’ve been going through the process of seeing my regular doctor, getting subsequent referrals to specialists, scheduling appointments for various tests, etc. The worst part through it all was the waiting. The waiting to know whether or not I would ultimately hear the dreaded “c” word.
Thankfully, I learned today that I DON’T have breast cancer. The lump I felt is an “oil cyst” (a type of scar tissue specific to the breast) that is likely the result of a large bruise I had earlier in the fall. I will see a surgeon in about three weeks for a needle aspiration to remove the fluid, then I’ll see the radiologist again in three months for a follow-up ultrasound to make sure it’s diminishing. For now though, I’m just grateful it’s not cancer. I watched my first cousin battle breast cancer for several years before finally succumbing to it. So, for today, I will breathe deep and be thankful.
Until next time …
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