Monday, March 16, 2009

On a personal note...

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.


Amy said...

wow Leticia! I've been thinking about you lately and I"ll be praying here. What did G have to say about it? I think that here in NZ mammograms are only free if you're over 45?

Leticia said...

Hey Aimz! Thank you for your prayers, they are so much appreciated. G didn't really say much. But I was still a bit disappointed that I forced him to hug me. Geez!

Zeeva Daveed said...

OMG! I am so sorry. But I think all women of menstrual age should have mammograms since I know of a teen and two twenty-something women that actually had cancer.

I am sure in your case if they said it is benign, it is. They do not want to put false information out there and be sewed.

I will pray for you.

Could you email me at ???

I have some information for you Leticia.

God bless you.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

I shall pray for you. Always better to be safe then sorry.

Hey, any of you ladies out there who may read this, PLEASE take Leticia's advice. The life you save could be your own.

Zeeva Daveed said...

We will all hold you up in prayer and God will give you the desire of your heart. Remember, the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:24 that " YOU WERE HEALED AND MADE WHOLE."

mksviews said...

Sorry to hear about that Leticia. From my patchy understanding, it's entirely possible that it's benign, so pray and hope for that.

Just on the heart attack thing folks, if you do feel that you may have that, go to an emergency room. Out here the docs say, dial your version of 911. I've had experience of that in the family, they are not to be messed with.

Will pray for you Leticia. Very good of you to share your personal experience.

Leticia said...

Thank you so very much. You have no idea how your prayers mean to me.

I am sending you all huge bear hugs!

MK, I know I should have gone to the ER, but my husband and I share one vehicle and he works nights and I am home alone with my babies. So, I left it in God's hands. I am so grateful to God that he kept me safe.

Mustang said...

You are in my prayers, my friend.

God Bless

romans1513 said...

praying for u Leti
please let us know the results
what a great doc u have


Amy Proctor said...

Leticia, you started this entry by saying if you could help one person it is worth you sharing your personal business on a public blog.

I have been putting off a mamogram for years, and regular check ups. I'm 42 and have never had one. I WILL make an appointment for myself now.

About a month ago, I started having chest pains. I was terrified. I really thought I was dying and contemplated seeing a doctor. I did a lot of research. I procrastinated because I'd have to go to a Korean hospital and the language barrier is terrible sometimes.

I should have gone in like you did.

My last complete check up was less than a year ago but I haven't had a mamogram. I know I need to get one and your entry really encouraged me.

Thanks. And I'm glad you caught this lump. I will defintely pray for you, sister.

Lots of love...

Leticia said...

Mustang, Jen thank you very much.

Amy, every woman after the age of 35 is urged to get one every year and now I am a firm believer in them.

Self examination and yearly exams would not have caught this lump, it was the mammogram. So I thank God for my doctor's insistence.

Please don't wait, Amy.