Thursday, December 8, 2011

Feel Your Boobs

This post will probably be a little too TMI for the men who read this (my dad, Gerrad, G's dad)... So if you can't handle 'boob talk' stop reading now.

First I have to say thanks to all of you who said a prayer for me when I simply just asked "Please pray for me today." Y'all rock the house.

For a while now, I've had sore breasts (which I chalked up to a side effect of having the Mirena IUD). Monday the right one was really painful, like almost in tears painful. I did a self breast exam and found a lump. Scared.me.to.death. I told Gerrad about it, and had him feel it when he got home from work. He said he felt it, but that it was probably some type of bruise (a bruise, really babe?! MEN!), and I should wait it out for a few days just to see if it got better. I agreed, and went about my day. Tuesday rolls around, and I have this little voice in the back of my head saying "Just call your Dr and see what the nurse says." So I did, she acted somewhat alarmed, and scheduled me for an appointment the next morning.

I remained calm, and simply called my mom to come over and cover for me with the kiddos, she agreed, but not until I told her what was wrong. I knew she would cry, and in turn make me cry... so I hesitated. Of course I told her, and we both cried for a split second, then we told each other to STOP, and calm down. I calmed down, and immediate started praying. Whatever was going to happen, was going to be OK. I didn't panic, and knew it would all work out. Usually I am a total over reactor, but that's mainly with my kids. I did really well, and was proud of myself, only cried once.

I had my appointment yesterday. My Dr agreed she felt something abnormal, that she didn't believe it was a cyst, but more of some type of irregular breast tissue, and wanted me to have a breast ultrasound (this is when I cried). She said if anything abnormal was found on the ultrasound, we would move forward with a mammogram, which also freaked me out. Went to hospital to have the ultrasound, and all is well. The tech said I have very dense breast tissue in that area, which I guess is common in younger, child-bearing age women. My Dr's office called late afternoon, told me they got the results from the ultrasound, and that all was OK. They said that I should take some type of calcium supplement, and decrease my caffeine (GAH).

I really tried not to let my mind wander, but decided if anything serious came about, we would deal with it, and it would be OK. It's hard when you hear of so many young women getting breast cancer, scares me to death. Some of our best friends just lost a friend in her mid 30's who had breast cancer go into remission, and come back several times. She left behind a young school age daughter. Makes me tear up just thinking about it. I'm so thankful that I'm aware enough of my body to know something was up. My Dr stressed repeatedly how important it is to do self exams monthly, and always call if you notice even the smallest thing you didn't notice the month before. I will be sure to do a MUCH better job from now on.

Thank you to those who emailed, text, tweeted and called me. I didn't want to tell too many people, and alarm everyone until I knew more details. Simply asking for prayers was more than enough, so thank you!



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14 comments:

Kelly said...

Omigod, so glad you're okay!! After I ran the warrior dash earlier this summer, I had what turned out to be a bruise on my breast. It was painful and had a lump too :-S SOOOO glad you're okay, Molly!!

Running Backwards in High Heels said...

How freaking scary!! That happened to my mom a few years ago.. we were REALLY freaked out. I am so glad everything is okay with you!

Rebekah said...

Oh my goodness I'm so glad all is well! My mom insists that my sister and I start having mammograms when we turn 30 because all the women on my mom's side, besides my mom and her sister, have had breast cancer. I always do my monthly check!

Lindsey said...

Molly, I'm so thankful that everything turned out okay. Its good that you acted on what you felt, rather than just letting it go the way side. Thank you for sharing this, for someone else might be more proactive because of your courage to share your story.

Angie said...

I'm so glad everything is ok! That is so scary. Thanks for the reminder to feel my boobies. I really need to be better about it.

PS...I had a Mirena too. It didn't work for me so I had it removed, but I remember it made my boobies REALLY sore.

Mateya said...

Again, so glad everything is okay!!!

I definitely need to do a better job of checking this!

Jennifer said...

Molly I'm so happy that you are ok. I know it was a scary situation to be in but it's so wonderful that you are healthy.

Melanie said...

So glad you are okay, friend!

lori said...

so glad everything is okay! i know that is very scary. i need to do a better job of checking myself.

Lacey said...

So glad to hear that everything worked out for you and good job taking a proactive approach!
I had a similar situation right after B was born and waited and worried and waited and worried for far too long. Turned out to be nothing, but I should have gone in sooner to stop the worrying.

Ginny said...

OMG!! Sorry you had to go thru this. Having suffered the same issue you are going thru now several years back, mine finally developed into breast cancer January of this year. It is good you went to the doctor to have it checked out as so many put it off and it's too late.

Continue to watch it and should you notice any changes, see your doctor immediately. I'll pray for you and your family.

Ginny
www.ginnybrumback.blogspot.com

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

That's super scary!! Glad everything is ok!!

Can I tell you the stupidest thing ever? I'm often afraid to do my monthly exam for fear I will find something and would rather live in ignorant bliss. Isn't that horrible and totally rediculous? I usually force myself to do it anyways.

Chell said...

Glad all is well. Something very much the same happened with a bestie of mine. She is now caffine free do to the issues it kept causing her in the breastage area.

Miss Chelsea said...

I'm so glad you were brave enough to go get it checked out though! A lot of people just 'ignore' those things and unfortunately it becomes 'too late'!! I'm so glad to hear all is ok though!