X Marked the Lump on My Breast
I did a lot of breathing on Tuesday morning. Breathe in. Breathe out. It's funny because I never thought about having to tell myself to breathe. We breathe automatically, right? I just knew that if I didn't tell myself, I might hold my breathe and pass out. I had to at least make it to the doctor's office.
I was taken almost immediately, but it felt like an eternity as I waited for my doctor to come into the room. I was surprisingly calm. I don't know if Sunday's sermon sank in a few days later or what, but I felt ready to hear whatever news was about to come. The calm before the storm. It was probably the supportive future husband I have asking me to call with the news as soon as I got it. He'd be there with me every step of the way. Whatta mighty fine man I have!
After her examination, she had me check the area again. The lump had gone down in size significantly. She explained that the sweat ducts had become irritated, creating the lump I had felt on Saturday. My body had healed itself. I heard a loud exhale. I hadn't noticed that I had held my breath.
When it comes to our health, we should address matters right away. I was assured that I'd done the right thing in coming in. A grape-sized lump on your breast is something to raise concern. It is better to be safe than sorry. Really. I can't imagine what it's like to get a different diagnosis. I don't want to imagine. Breast cancer runs in my family so...
If you take anything away from what I've shared, please understand that its important to know what to look for during self examinations. Follow the information in this great infographic on early breast cancer detection:
Do you perform self-examinations once a month? Have you ever detected a lump? Share your story with us in the comments below so we can learn together!
PS: If you are looking for more personal stories on having breast cancer and surviving it head on over to my girl's site My Fabulous Boobies. Tell Nicole I sent you!