I FIND A LUMP IN MY LEFT BREAST IN THE SHOWER

Found lump at 6 o’clock in my left breast while showering. It was big and protruding a little bit. Once I found it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t found it earlier. Immediately went to see my midwife. She examined me and then assured me that it was almost certainly benign as it was palpable and […]

I DON’T TELL MY BEST FRIEND ABOUT THE LUMP

My best friend visits from Chicago. I don’t tell her about the lump. I was a little nervous about it but given the fact that there was no history whatsoever in my family and what the midwife had said I was not worried about it. And so, begins the ruse, that all is well, with […]

MY MAMMOGRAM IS ABNORMAL AND THE RADIOLOGIST RECOMMENDS AN IMMEDIATE BIOPSY

FINALLY had Mammogram. The technician was very nice. Sonogram took FOREVER. A Brazilian technician gave me the sonogram. After about 45 minutes on my right breast I lost my temper…and asked her to hurry up as I was really worried about my left breast. She explained, in very good temper, that I had so many […]

LESSON LEARNED ON MAMMOGRAMS

2019 Advice on Mammograms: If you have had a close relative with breast cancer, a sister, first cousin or aunt, you should be screen earlier than someone without a family history. Advocate for your mammogram and or sonogram with your gynecologist. They will have to provide your insurance company with an argument to cover the […]

I VISIT MY 1ST BREAST SURGEON – HE TELLS ME NOT TO WORRY AS IT IS ‘PALPABLE AND HURTS’

Dr. W explained I could have a needle biopsy right that second or do an excise biopsy in the hospital under sedation. I opted for the biopsy because I wanted it out anyway. He never explained to me that should the tumor be found to be malignant that it was better to open me up […]

I PREPARE FOR THE EXCISE BIOPSY AND WONDER WHY I AM DOING THAT AT A SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Went for Bloodwork at the tiny community hospital on the river. I thought it was a very stupid place to do a surgical procedure but then out of laziness thought that speed was better than worrying about a biopsy. I told myself that it anything was wrong I would do major research on the doctors […]

SURGERY #1 – THE DOCTOR CUTS THE MIDDLE OUT OF MY TUMOR AND LEAVES THE REST

Major blizzard. My husband, My Husband and I drive through blizzard to the empty hospital. Surgery proceeds on time but I didn’t understand that it was a surgery as Dr. W improperly explained the anesthesia. I thought I would be drowsy and awake. No, not at all. It was full anesthesia but without the ‘tube […]

I HAVE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE FORM OF BREAST CANCER

I break into hives under the steri-strips that were used to bandage the incision on my breast.  I call Dr. W to inform him I must take them off. He calls me back at 1 pm while I am taking my eldest son, My Eldest Son to the dentist. Dr. W tells me he has […]

THE SURGEON EXPLAINS MY DIAGNOSIS – “THE MOST AGGRESSIVE BREAST CANCER. BAD BUT TREATABLE.”

I have the results of the biopsy faxed to me before the late-night meeting with Dr. W. I try to understand the report but can not. I look up every single item in the report, but it doesn’t make any sense. I do however understand that it is BAD. I spend 4-5 hours calling every […]

I VISIT WITH SURGEON #2 – I HAVE BREAST CANCER?

I spend all morning calling every major hospital in New York City trying to get an appointment with doctors after getting referrals from other doctors, friends and research. I set up 4 appointments for the following week. At 1:45 I see Dr. S. the surgeon that the midwife recommended. She provides a much better explanation […]