Hi ladies. I had my 1 year follow up last Thursday with my Breast Consultant but unfortunately due to having had bilateral breast cancer and therefore bilateral mastectomy I no longer have any breasts and it was the fact that I wasn't going to be having any mammograms that I found distressing! I guess you feel like something is being done to check all is still well when you have these following a bc diagnosis so I was very worried and anxious before my appointment. As I have a strong family history: mum and sister both had bc and I had 2 primary tumours with associated high grade DCIS (one in each breast diagnosed 6 weeks apart), I am still deemed to be "high risk" but genetic tests confirms I do not have BRCA mutation). Therefore my Consultant has suggested I have an MRI or CT scan but has also said that due to the amount of surgery I've had (6 ops so far so therefore lots of scar tissue) that my lymph nodes may be enlarged anyway so I'd probably end up having a biopsy on those. Not sure how I feel as I want to know that I'm clear but does that open up a can of worms with all the extra testing and anxiety that goes with it?!! To be honest, my whole bc 'journey' has been all over the place, my HER2 on 1st cancer was borderline so needed to be sent off to another hospital for further testing (waiting 3 weeks for results) I got a 2nd diagnosis in the other breast 6 weeks after the 1st, there was a problem with chemo and a clinical trial I was taking part in and then I ended up having my reconstruction removed due to infection, and admitted to hospital for IV antibiotics, etc and now on my 5th attempt at recon which has failed again so currently awaiting DIEP recon at another hospital. My BC Consultant has said that if there's any cancer present then there's no point in putting myself through such a major recon op! Really don't know what to think right now!!!
I too had my first annual check up.
The lady doing the mammogram was very nice and said if I waited she would ask the doctor to take a look at the images before I left and give me the results there and then. But she then came back a little while later to say that the doctor wanted another mammogram and then she would do an ultrasound.
Well, you can imagine how I felt! Fortunately, after having all that done she gave me the all clear, it was the scar tissue making it difficult to see.
So even if you get called back it doesn't necessarily mean anything sinister.
Somehow I missed your post, I hope it is all done now and not as bad as you feared.
I had my first annual mammogram today too and worked myself up into a complete tizzy - in fact, I so nearly didn't go.
The radiographer was lovely when I explained how nervous I was. Yes, it was more painful than last year but it was bearable and I was in and out of there very quickly and just managed to get back to the car before bursting into tears and crying all the way home.
Now just got to wait for results....
Hiya Hollyberry, As the others have said we all feel like you when our mammagram is due. Ihad my first one in June and I was clear.
I hope yours goes well. We just have to keep going don't we.
So pleased to hear your news.!
Look after yourself
I went throught this in July - a year since I had all my trips to the hospital for diagnosis...it was really strange to be so anxious all the time even though the outcome of my mastectomy was good. I went for my first mammogram two weeks ago and was very very anxious.
When I got the clear result I started to feel sad about it all again!
I had great support from the helpline and realised that all these strange mixed up feelings are normal for this anniversary time and the first mammogram.
I hope you can get to talk to someone for reassurance as that helped me enormously.
Be kind to yourself.