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Sue C
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Re: First mammogram

Thank you ladies xx

ladybowler
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Sue

 

that is wonderful news mate, so happy for you xxxx

rubycat
Member

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Brilliant to hear Sue.Cat Very Happyxxx

Janey2
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Sue that's brilliant news.  x

ann-m
Community Champion

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That's great, Sue. It's always such a relief!

ann x

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Hi all

So had my appointment with consultant today, and mammogram was all clear!!!

So relieved. Going to have an ultrasound on good breast just to be sure, but consultant didn't think there was anything to worry about. It's just to put my mind at rest.

Wanted to share some positive news, for all those lovely ladies out there going through treatment. There is light at the end of the tunnel xx

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Thank you Charys x

Charys
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Hi Sue,

 

I'm glad it went well, with just a little discomfort. I was told that if I had an appointment coming up with my consultant I would get the results then, as it happened I didn't have one. Crossing fingers for the all clear x

Sue C
Community Champion

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Hi all.

So I had the mammogram done this morning and it wasn't painful at all. Just abit uncomfortable as is expected. In fact it's my shoulder that is bothering me more because of the lovely positions you have to get into!

Just got to wait for the results now, which I thought came in the post but are now being told that my consultant will tell me at the next appointment which is in a couple of weeks.

Sue x

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Thanks Ladies. Xx

ann-m
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Hi Sue,

I had my first year all clear a couple of months ago. I wasn't too anxious about it, as I reasoned that following all my investigations & treatment last year, the risk of anything being there would be considerably lower & if on the off chance there was anything there, then the follow-up would have done its job in getting it sorted out.

As you say, the bcn cannot comment in the mammogram as the radiologist has to report it, but it's good you're getting the results sooner.

There's no reason why there should be a problem.

ann x

 

Charys
Community Champion

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Hiyer, ok, well waiting a week for results is a pretty short time frame....so that's good news. It seems that they do stick to that first mammogram a year after diagnosis for most people then (some people seem to get 18 months). I know it doesn't feel like it, but its much better to have them keeping a close eye on you, than not keeping a close eye on you. I certainly didn't feel that way leading up to mine, but remind yourself that it's all for your own security and health. x

Sue C
Community Champion

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Hi, yes spoke to BCN. Going ahead with mammogram next week and then will have to wait a week for the results. Already had an appointment in the clinic booked at start of June. So everything is in place but I'm still panicking like bad. BCN obviously couldn't tell me either way whether its a concern or not, and told me not to worry! Easier said. It's a year exactly that I was diagnosed and feel like I'm going through it all again. Going to have a little cry now......xx

lizred
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no worries, Lizted is a good name too! I find it funny anyway when people on here call me Lizred - straightforward Liz was already taken. Did you manage to speak to your BCN?

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Sorry lizred ! Predicted text drives me crazy x

Sue C
Community Champion

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Hi listed

Thank you for your reply. Yes I have had this along time, but I haven't noticed it first thing in the morning. Getting myself in a stew about this one. Going to phone BCN in the morning x

lizred
Member

Re: First mammogram

Hi Sue, just wondering, have you had the inverted nipple for a while ie before your last mammo? If so, and that side was clear when last checked, then it probably isn't anything to worry about - but I understand how anything and everything gains a new significance and its hard not to get anxious. I know its not much comfort but at least you'll be getting everything checked again quite soon xx

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Hi ladies
The reason why I'm worried is that on my good beast, I'm waking up with an inverted nipple. It has done this from time to time, but not to this extent. I can't find a lump but really panicking now😢
lizred
Member

Re: First mammogram

HI, I had my first follow up mammo a couple of weeks ago and was in and out in a few minutes - very straight forward and nowhere near as uncomfortable as when I had my first routine screening one (which of course turned out to be anything but routine) last year. I think maybe because it was done at the specialist clinic - rather than routine one - the radiographer was a bit more experienced? Having said that, I still felt anxious beforehand and I'm sure will feel anxious when I get the results. Hope it all goes ok x

Sue C
Community Champion

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Thank you Charys x
Charys
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Hey there,

 

That's how I felt, really nervous and tearful and anxious leading up to my first mammogram. I even started a thread on here a few weeks ago about just that. I think its fairly normal to be like that, other people replied to me and concured. My first mammo after treatment was done about 4 weeks ago and my results showed 'NED' (I had the letter last Saturday). I believe it is VERY unlikely Sue to find anything new on your first mammo after treatment, as you've only just been checked both sides on the previous mammo and had a surgeon/consultant prodding round and had active treatment! However, this didn't stop me getting into a stew lol I was entirely convinced there was 'something' on the other 'good' side, and that the scar tissue wasn't scar tissue but recurrence. I know exactly what you mean though about everything at the same time in the year triggering the same feelings from the previous year. The lighter evenings, the birds singing, digging the garden, Easter things, which I did the previous year, all transported me back to the awful feelings 12 months prior. 

Now however, I feel to a certain extent it's been 'reset' by the good results this year...well I hope it has....I should think you will have the same Cat Happy Did it hurt? You know, only one little part did for me. I was unlucky in that my scar and lump removal area is literally on the line of where the mammo plates end, very high up and only on image for the sideways one they do. So, yes, when it was fully compressed it was a bit ouchy in that area for 2 seconds. However, the rest of the breast was totally fine and it certainly was nothing more than a bit ouchy, which disappeared the moment the plates lifted. The people doing the images knew this was going to be a problem, and apologised, that due to the position of surgery there may be a sharp little pain. I was genuinely suprised though how little it hurt all things considered...and I have fluid retention throughout the breast! I think the pressure wasn't as strong from the surgery side as the 'good' side, but that might be my imagination. x

 

Sue C
Community Champion

Re: First mammogram

Thanks ladies
It just brings it all back at this time of year. I was diagnosed on my daughter's 16th birthday last year and with her 17th rapidly approaching, cant help but feel anxious. I'm terrible now with any x rays done, even at the dentist and opticians! I know with my sensible head on that its best to get check ups done sooner rather than later. But can't help feeling abit tearful.
Thanks for listening xx
rubycat
Member

Re: First mammogram

Hello Sue, I've now had my second mammo - which I did not worry about at all! Very different to the first one last year when I  went completely haywire, so I know what you are feeling.  It's very difficult to remain cool, calm and collected when we've received the unwanted news once, but would ask that you do try to think positively.  I really felt I was a complete numpty last year, and wish I'd given myself the talking to that I did this year. But I do think the first one takes us back to that awful time and we fear the worst.  This year I convinced myself that I was really glad to be having the mammo because, just in case something was wrong, I would be glad that it was found and deal with it, rather than being in ignorance.  I did take ibruprofen prior, and had absolutely no pain at all, just gentle squishing. Think the radiographers would listen carefully to you if you did say ouch as they know our history.  Ooh, now 6 weeks since mammo and I haven't had letter yet, but kept pestering my PIFU contact (Patient Initiated Follow Up - ie no BCN!) who told me all was ok. 

Wishing you a quick and painfree squishing. Cat Happyxxx

ladybowler
Community Champion

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Sue

 

Sending you hug and will be thinking about you next week.  The ladies on the hormone therapy thread have been going through the same thing in the last couple of weeks as they have come up to their first year so they will know only too well what you are feeling.  I have to wait until April next year as my hospital has a policy that it is 18 months of after diagnosis for your first mammo.

 

I know one of the ladies on there was saying about taking paracetamol before the mammo itself and that it i helped

 

Helena xxx

Sue C
Community Champion

First mammogram

Hi Ladies

First mammogram due week after next and feeling terrified! Convinced its going to be bad and that I will have to go through all this again!!

Also still feel abit tender even though finished radiotherapy end of last year. Does it hurt? Maybe take some painkillers before I go?

Panicking as usual!

Sue x