I am not really a big fan of drama, yet I always seem to somehow be in it.
So, I have kept it quiet because I wanted to see what the doctor said. I saw him a little bit ago.
He wants an immediate ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy.
No, not talking about pregnancy testing...
On Saturday, I found a lump in my breast. I have not really slept since then.
Since my mom died of breast cancer, I've been very diligent in doing self-checks. As I am basically doing the EXACT opposite of what her oncologist told me: "NEVER do hormone replacement therapy!", I am hyper-vigilant in monitoring myself for anything even hinting of breast cancer.
There is definitely a decent-sized lump and it is definitely new and not normal to me.
I spent most of Sunday Dr. Googling. There was every possibility this is just something related to hormonal craziness in my body. There still is, though...the wonderful doctor I saw today feels like it's atypical for me to start reacting to crazy hormones in my body with cysts all of a sudden.
I mean, for real. I've been doing this a while. Never had any 'reaction' like this.
He felt it, and was 'encouraged' by the fact that it was movable. He did not feel it was fluid-filled, and called it a solid mass. He said that if I was any woman off the street, he'd probably think it was fine, but given my mother's and my history, this was nothing to play around with and so he was going to be aggressive in finding out what we are dealing with and take care of it.
To the extent that we can.
I really do not like the drama factor in all of this...wouldn't that just be my luck? "Poor Lori...all she's been through and now this?"
But it is what it is, and I'm just going to take things bit by bit as they come.
I go in for an ultrasound and mammogram (unless I am pregnant) on October 19, unless there are cancellations that can get me in sooner. I go in for the biopsy on the 25th.
Puts a pregnancy test in perspective, huh? As much as I'd love another baby, I'd sure like to be around for the little boy in his room fighting a nap right now.
As if this was not all fun enough, the room I sat in this morning was on the other side of a woman who was almost 39 weeks doing her NST.
THAT'S what I should have been doing there...listening to my baby's heartbeat and getting ready to deliver him Saturday.
Not all this mess.