My first biopsy

Just wanted to say THANK YOU to all who wrote to me with kind words of support as I was awaiting the results of my first biopsy.
It really helped me through the process.

Why did I have biopsy?

Back in April I noticed a lump/thickening/something in my left breast and went to the doctor to get it checked out.

Then I had my (first ever) mammogram (as well as ultra sound) in May.

Had the biopsy on May 30. After 4 days of waiting, I got an email (a very wonderful email!) from my doctor notifying me the lump was benign.  

They diagnosed me with Fibrocystic Breast Desease (apparently, quite a lot of women have this desease).
 
I won't lie: the whole biopsy experience was scary. Some of it was painful, and the recovery process takes a while. But I should be back to 100% soon.
And I am SO GLAD I went to get it checked out. 

The reason I am telling you this is because so many women (and men) do not go to the doctor when they notice something wrong going on.
And when they do eventually go it might be too late. 

This happened to my aunt. And to my grandmother. It is just heartbreaking because their cancer could have been caught early.
But their cancer metastasized instead.  And they both died way before their time. There isn't a day I don't think about it.
And I wear a pink Cancer Awareness bracelet as a reminder.

So... please please please... whether you're a woman or a man, if you (or your loved one) are feeling something wrong going on, please go get it checked out. Early detection can save your life (or save the life of someone you love). 

3 comments

  • Steve Carson

    Steve Carson UK

    Thanks for sharing Marina. I'm so glad everything is OK. I go for a prostate biopsy on Monday and reading your blog had made me realise I should stop worrying about it and just get on with it. Get the facts, then you can do something about it.

    Thanks for sharing Marina. I'm so glad everything is OK. I go for a prostate biopsy on Monday and reading your blog had made me realise I should stop worrying about it and just get on with it. Get the facts, then you can do something about it.

  • Rich Hanson

    Rich Hanson Boston

    Sorry you had to go through this but I'm glad it turned out well. Like Steve I have had a prostate biopsy. It turned out benign. But as you say better to check it out early rather then wait until its too late.

    Sorry you had to go through this but I'm glad it turned out well. Like Steve I have had a prostate biopsy. It turned out benign. But as you say better to check it out early rather then wait until its too late.

  • Marina V

    Marina V

    thank you, Steve, and thank you, Rich, for sharing,and for your kind words!!!!

    thank you, Steve, and thank you, Rich, for sharing,and for your kind words!!!!

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