I have pondered about sharing something very personal here on my blog. But after a lot of time and thought, I decided if I can help one person, then I think it would be worth it.
On March 3, at around 3 AM, I rolled over on my left side and a sharp pain went through me, it was so bad it took my breath away. I held my breath at first hoping the pain would subside and then I took a few small breaths to keep from panicking. I thought, "this is it, I am having a heart attack." I began to pray and asked the Lord to wake up some of my friends, who are prayer warriors, to intercede for me. I don't know if He did, but I trusted in Him to take care of me.
After the pains subsided I ran to the computer and turned it on and began to look up symptoms of a heart attack. I wasn't convinced I didn't have one, or was having a small one. I said a few more prayers and went to sleep.
That morning I called and made an appointment with my PCP. After an EKG was done and was told my heart was strong and healthy. My doctor asked me where the pain was radiating. I showed him that it was my left breast and around it. He asked me when I had my last mammogram? Umm...never. I know at 35 we are supposed to do this regularly, but I just felt that if I didn't feel anything on my own, that I was fine. How wrong I was. He said he was going to schedule one for me. He then began to exam me thoroughly and said he felt nothing unusual. So, I said, "Great! This means I don't have go!" My doctor, said, "Not so fast slick, you are not getting out of this one."
So, I went for the mammogram and it is uncomfortable, I won't lie, but not painful at all. Anyhoo, after the pictures were taken, I was sent back to the waiting room and then was called back to get an ultrasound done, I began to worry. A very long and tedius ultrasound was done and at this time I asked if anything was wrong? The technician replied that it was standard procedure. When that was done, I was sent back to the waiting room.
Then, after thinking it was over, I was called back for a diagnostic mammogram, and this actually was a lot more uncomfortable then the first one.
Finally, I was told I could get dressed and a nurse would speak to me later. I was called to her office and was informed very gently that they found a very small lump in my left breast. And I needed to schedule for a needle biopsy to rule out cancer. At this time she told me that this kind of lump is usually benign and that I had nothing to worry about, but they just have to be absolutely sure.
So, next Monday, on March 23 at 8:30 AM I am scheduled for the biopsy. I am not afraid of the results, and now after praying with my prayer group I am not afraid of the procedure.
Just keep me in your prayers dear friends.
Also, I urge any woman of 35 and over, if you HAVE NOT had a mammogram, schedule one. If it wasn't for my cautious doctor, this lump would have never been detected. We can never be too careful.