Biopsy is the only way to know for sure. That was how I received my final conclusive diagnosis. They did a lumpectomy. Stick with it until you have conclusive results. Hope they are benign results. Keep in touch and let us help you along the way.
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What a super group of ladies you are! Thank you for your warmth and kind welcome. Gma, you asked about my daughter, and I thank you for doing so because she is my pride and joy!
She was born 9 weeks early, and had a severe bilateral brain hemorrhage, and she has hydrocephalus as a result. She gets physical therapy every week in our home to work on her muscles to help with the cerebral palsy. She is five months old, and as sweet as pie! I LOVE being her mother. I am a full-time stay-at-home mom. We have to be very careful about getting any germs because she has respiratory disease, and any kind of cold would land her in the hospital, so we are pretty much home-bound. She is such a little fighter! I just love her spice for life. She is my first child, and I was so thrilled to become pregnant with her. I adored her from day one! She and I have an amazing bond. Maybe it sounds strange, but it's true. The day she was born I knew something was wrong. I kept calling my doctors office telling them I sensed there was a problem, and they finally got me in that afternoon. I was right. She was in distress, and would not have made it if I did not go in. Which brings me to another topic, "intuition". I by no means claim to be psychic, but I am usually right when I get a sense about something. My mother was diagnosed last year with acute leukemia. I took her to the dr., and they said she had the flu. I took her to an emergency room in a larger city, and she was diagnosed the next day with leukemia. I'm worried about my tests on Wednesday. I have told my doctor for the past couple of months about this swelling on my left side (which is ironically the side with the breast trouble). My groin, all around my hip, my arm, armpit, now even my hand, are all swollen, but only on the left side. The lymph nodes in my neck, behind my ears, and along my shoulders are swollen. That, along with my blood tests, scare me. I get the "well you are young, healthy, etc" routine, and don't get me wrong, the doctors are very nice, but I think I know my own body. I am going to follow my instinct on this one. I hope for the sake of my family that everything will be ok, but I can deal with whatever comes my way. Thank you all for listening. Good grief, I practically gave you my whole life story! Oops!
Welcome. I can add one other thing to the discussion besides a hug and a welcome. I had lymph node swelling like you describe for 2 years. I was not on the cancerous side though and it was 4 or 5 years before the cancer diagnosis. It was so bad that I had a hard time working. At one point, I was so weak that when I opened the church door, I couldn't hold on to it and it slammed and broke my foot. The doctor did tests and found nothing. Said he couldn't help me. One day I thought I would pass out in class. Finally, I went to a chiropractor. He said that 2 years later, my back was still swollen on one side of the spine but not the other. I know exactly what you mean. Only one side was sick. It started because my glands couldn't drain in my neck and followed the lymph system down all of the right side of my body. He worked on draining them and I have been fine since. I also had a doctor tell my that they have a name for that, but I don't know what it is. He said they treat it with diet and exercise. I'm in Illinois. Wishing you the best, Di
Just wanted to say hello and God Bless. You are probably done with your test by now, but just to let you know that I have you in my prayers today. Let us know how things turn out.
Welcome and loving hugs sent your way. You have your plate pretty full from the sounds of it, but please know that all of us on this board have been through a lot also, and we are here now to support you through your trials.
Your baby sounds adorable and very loved. I will be a grandma for the first time in about 6 weeks and things I didn't worry about when waiting for my own kids to be born are now things that I think about constantly. Maybe that is why God chose to have younger women give birth and older women be there for the support.
Wondering if you have had your 2nd appointment at this time. Please keep us posted. I too am a midwesterner, but a little farther west than you. I am from North Dakota. Hang in there sweetie, and if you don't mind giving us your name sometime, we would love to "know you" on a first name basis.
Hi Ladies! Thank you for all of the nice replies, and kind wishes. Cupycake, your job sounds like an interesting one. It is amazing all of the augmentive communication devices that are available. I went back for additional xrays and an ultrasound. It was rather drawn out. I think they were pretty thorough, however. The gal would take some films, tell me to have a seat, then call me back in for more because the doctor wanted another shot of an area. So after doing that a couple of times, I had the ultrasound. After the ultrasound, I had another xray. The girl that did my ultrasound said they would like me to come back in four months. She showed me a diagram of my breast, and there were several little spots drawn in. Apparently there is a cluster of little cysts, which she said is typical for many women. (Although these several little cysts have just developed since my mammo in 2001). I asked her if the doctor viewing my trillion and one films would be able to tell if it were cancerous or not and she said, "Oh yea". Can I get a copy of the radiology report by calling the breast center? Thank you ALL for being so kind and staying involved. I hope that each of you is doing well. I think I mentioned before that my mother has Acute Leukemia, and although it is not breast cancer, I'm pretty darn good at offering a shoulder to lean on should anyone need it! Blessings to all!