Advice for callback mammogram etc

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Kellie2
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   Posted 12/5/2005 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I am new to this website and thought maybe I could get support for what may or may not happen.  Here is the story.  I had my very first mammogram done on 11/14 and on 11/22 they called me to say they needed some more pictures done to get clearer magnification.  Then the same day my DR. Called to say the same thing execpt she did say that they found one spot that was 3cm that they wanted to review closer.  I am scheduled for a follow up mammogram and ultrasound on 12/13.  Another kicker to not help, my father died just 30 days ago of cancer (brain) but this is haunting me like crazy.  I am so worried about the next visit eventhough they have told me I will have the findings before I leave that day.  I keep picturing myself as I saw may dad on his last few days.
 
I am driving myself in sane.  I am trying to be positive since this was my firat mammogram ever, that they need more information that will help them in the future, but when I know the size of the spot they want to review it drives me crazy.  I was not given any idea if they truly thought this WAS something or if they were doing it as a precaution espectiaaly since they have no older slides to compare it to.

debbiR
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   Posted 12/5/2005 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kellie! I am so sorry that you have had a questionable mammo but the good thing is that you DID have it done and if there is, and that is a big IF, it has been found early. Also, it sounds as though your medical team is very, very good and on top of things. I know how afraid you are right now. We have all had those feelings. My father died of lung cancer and when I was first diagnosed w/ bc, I, like you, thought of my dad. But, you have to remember that brain cancer and bc are 2 completely different types and are treated differently. BC today is a very managable type of cancer. So try hard to not compare your dad and the experiences that you had w/ his care to you. I know how difficult that is but I believe that you can do it. Here are a couple of suggestions that you might try. First, why not call the clinic or hospital where you are going to have the follow-up mammo and ultrasound and see if they can schedule you before the 14th. Also, be sure and take someone...husband, sister, mother, good friend....w/ you. That way you won't be alone and you will also have someone that will be able to remember everything that you are told.

We are here for you. Please don't hesitate to post anytime. Ask any questions. We have all be where you are right now and are here to support you.

Hugs...Deb


 


postal2
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   Posted 12/5/2005 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kellie, I am sorry you are so scared right now. I think the waiting and not knowing for sure is the worst part! {{{{HUGS}}}}} Deb had a good suggestion that maybe calling them they could get you in a little sooner. If you tell them how scared you are they may try harder to do that.
I used to take a tape recorder with me, and with their permission would tape the appt so I could remember what was said. I actually also took someone with me that held the recorder for me. Then you can play it again later so you can understand it better. Remember that 80% of lumps are benign, so the odds are in your favor! If it does turn out to be something you can start fighting and it sounds like you have a great team of medical people and THAT is always good! May I ask how old you are? I was 49 when diagnosed. Here we have all ages, so you can get lots of knowledge of experiences if needed.
I will be chanting the B9 chant for you. Try to hang in there sweetie and please stay with us and let us help you while you wait.
Hugs, Gail
 
"Inside this body lies that of a skinny lady.  But I can usually shut her up with chocolate.".


Kellie2
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   Posted 12/5/2005 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 40.  I am very new to this whole situation.  I have never had any problems in any area so this entire thing is new to me. The worst I have ever had is the flu. 

coopfesta
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   Posted 12/5/2005 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kellie:
 
I was 38 when my husband found my lump.  It's a scary thing.  The doc said at the time that he wanted me to wait before getting it checked, but I went to the city for a second opinion to a breast surgeon.  I'm so glad I did.  The ultrasound is a great thing.  Even better is a needle biopsy guided by an ultra sound.  That will tell you everything you need to know.
 
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.  We'll be thinking of you and all coming on the pink cloud express to be with you (that's our plane we all travel in to join our sisters when they have stressful appointments).  We wear pink feather boas, pink underwear, and the like.
 
Yes, it's about as hilarious as you think it is.
 
Look, please bring someone with you, and know you may not absorb everything you hear at the appointment.  I'll be thinking of you and praying for you. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Tavish
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   Posted 12/5/2005 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kellie-
Just adding my hug and a welcome....remember that odds are way in your favor here... and it is not unusual to get called back especially after the first mammogram. I would recommend getting copies of your reports to keep for your own files, just so you can read it and reference it when you need to.

Hang in there...
Lori


gma
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   Posted Yesterday 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kellie, I just wanted to add some more hugs and tell you not to worry until you know you have something to worry about. I know that is easier said than done. I had two benign lumps removed over a thirty year period before being diagnosed with breast cancer, so I experienced your fear myself. The 13th is still a few days off and worrying is not going to help. Please try to get some rest and keep your mind off the mammogram as much as possible. You have good suggestions above to follow. Hugs, MK


Kellie2
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   Posted 12/12/2005 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Tomorrow is the appointment.  Be thinking positive thoughts for me.  I have tried not to think much about it the last few days, thinking that whatever will be will be, but I need all the help I can get with good thoughts.

 

 


debbiR
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   Posted 12/12/2005 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Kellie: I am sending positive thoughts your way w/ lots of hugs. Watch for all of the pink feathers that will be flying around you. We will all be there for you!

Hugs...Deb


 


postal2
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   Posted 12/12/2005 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Kellie, I'll be there too. We will all be holding your hand and standing right next to you. Hang in there sweetie!
Hugs, Gail
 
"Inside this body lies that of a skinny lady.  But I can usually shut her up with chocolate.".


Brnadebt
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   Posted 12/12/2005 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Kellie

Count me in too, I dont get to wear my pink boa very often so this will be a great time to bring it out. Try not to worry we will be there for you.
Hugs:)
Bernadette


Candy
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   Posted 12/13/2005 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kellie,

I am so glad you found us.  We will all be there with you today.  My very first mammogram confirmed a lump growing close to the surface that was very small that I found quite by surprise.  The next few days will be a whirlwind for you, but all my breast friends have given you very good advise.  Please keep us posted.  I will have you in my prayers today.

Hugs,

Candy


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 


Kellie2
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   Posted 12/13/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I went for the callback today and good news...All is well.  I do not have to go back for 1 year.  They found a couple of cyst (benign).  Your hugs and thoughts helped me tremendously.

DiVanDyke
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   Posted 12/15/2005 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Kellie, I was just getting ready to post to you and saw your wonderful news. Be happy! We are all happy for you. I was also thinking that since this was your baseline mammogram, they want to be very sure and compare later ones to this one. Hugs, Di

Brnadebt
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   Posted 12/15/2005 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Kellie

Great news, Im so happy for you! Happy holidays to you.
Hugs:)
Bernadette

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