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lileloa
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   Posted 6/10/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I'm kinda of new to this forum, I used to come when Leah Goldman was still alive and reading your posts really helped me at that particular time...
Now, I'm 25 years old and felt a lump on my breast for some time...during my last breast exam in october, my gynecologist did not mention anything so I thought I was crazy...However the lump is still there, I made an appointment to get it checked and the nurse practitioner said it was hard but mobile, by the touch she said lymph nodes next to it seemed ok, but she ordered a sonogram which I am doing tomorrow.
I am very very worried, she said I was probably too young but I know age is not a protection...
Elodie

gma
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   Posted 6/10/2007 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
"Probably" is the key word. 80% of lumps are benign and the chance of having cancer at 25 is also very low. But you have done the right thing to chase it down and have a sonogram. Please come back and let us know what happens at the sonogram. Remember a biopsy is the only true way to know whether a lump is cancer or not. So don't let anyone tell you from a picture that is it benign. Usually radiologist can tell cancerous lumps because they have characteristics of cancer. However, they can miss on a guess if the characteristics are not there. Hugs MK


lileloa
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   Posted 6/10/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for the reply, I was actually rereading Leah's journal and it made me realize that I need to be proactive and once the sonogram is done, do an MRI of both breasts...since I am feeling a small lump on the other side as well. At the beginning I actually thought the one on my left was a bone...I am scared, my boyfriend tells me I shouldn't be too worried yet because we do not know anything and the percentages are on my side but I know that that small possibility scares the crap out of me...Leah was told at the beginning that it could not be cancer because she was too young and what a mistake that was...I have to say that your ladies are a true inspiration no matter what the result of my sonogram is...
My appointment is tomorrow at 10.30am, I wish I could have gotten an appointment on Friday but they were booked, I have to drive longer for this one but at least I'll know earlier...

lileloa
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   Posted 6/10/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
quick question: should I ask for a copy of my films?

Tavish
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   Posted 6/10/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there-
How did you know Leah? SHe was corageous and we do miss her!
I think you are doing absolutely the right thing. Odds are in your favor, but we have to be sure and not just guess. There is a good chance they will know from the sonogram what it is, but don;t panic if they order a biopsy. IT is the only way to be 100% sure. You won't need a copy of your films unless you take them to be read by another doctor. I would suggest getting a copy of the report though, and save it in your files.
Worrying won't change anything...it is what it is...try to find something to distract you till you have your appointment and let us know how it turns out.

Lori


lileloa
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   Posted 6/10/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lori thank you also very much for your answer. I might ask for the film if they want a biopsy because I am thinking of going to the AVON center at John Hopkins. I used to be Leah's au pair in 2000/2001 and had lived again with the family in 2003. She was indeed a very courageous woman, and we miss her too, her girls are doing good (I still live with them), they are like her in many ways...
Elodie

Tavish
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   Posted 6/10/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Elodie, thanks. I thought you were her au pair! That is wonderful that you still live with her children. I bet they are lucky to have you as a constant in their lives. If you are inclined to say, we'd love to hear any update on the girls. Are they with her mother? We'll understand if you are not comfortable sharing about the kids. I remember reading her blog with the kids' pictures too.

You probably won't need a copy of the films unless you do go for a 2nd opinion, then they will want your films and reports.

Thanks for keeping us up to date, we always wonder about the kids after a mom is gone, and it is warming to read your post!
Lori


lileloa
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   Posted 6/12/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Good news on my side, after my sonogram, the lady took the films to the radiologist and then came back to tell that the radiologist thinks they are only fat tissue...
I did ask for a copy of my film and I am sending them to the Avon Breast Cancer Center in John Hopkins, just to be on a safe side.
Thanks again :-) I will post an update about Leah's family tomorrow.
Take good care
Elodie
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