Hi All x Thanks for your replies xxxxx
Well she was absolutely right!
I have a 3 cm, grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma x
I'm having a double mastectomy in 3/4 weeks - not sure what reconstruction to opt for x
Have to say I'm shocked and feeling numb xxxxxx
Thank you Wemblo x
I'm so sorry you are having to go through it all x
It's all I can think about - every second of the day - all the what if's and doom and gloom - then hope - thinking there's still that 5% chance they are wrong - somebody has to fit in there and it could be me! It'll be all ok after all! It's an emotional rollercoaster!
They've changed my appointment to Friday so only 3 days to wait now instead of 8 - so that's a bonus! I can't stand this - I think what you say about once you know what you are dealing with is right. I'm so very ready to know now - then maybe I can pick myself up out of this black pit and get battling! xxx
Yes Laetitia, It's a horrible horrible time xxx Something so many many women go through and have no choice but to face full on - I just can't get my head around the fact that here I am facing it too x
I'm glad I came on this forum - I'm taking it one step at a time and I'm a little tiny bit less doom and gloom today - although it's on my mind every minute every second! It seems to wash over you doesn't it? Sick to the stomach feeling!
Yes, when I went back after something showed up on my mammogram, the doctor told me she was sure it was a cancer and, if the biopsy results came back negative, she would request another! She was right, of course. If only I could get over the shock and fear, I feel I could cope a bit better .....
Thanks All x
I've found out a bit more - it's not uncommon for them to be so certain - there's what they class as a BIRAD 5 and if your lump meets this then they tell you straight away - the biopsy is then just to confirm.
95 out of a 100 who are told this immediately after a follow up mammogram and ultrasounds - but before any biopsy has been carried out - are confirmed to have got cancer. The biopsies also tell them more about what's happening.
So who knows eh! I might be one of the flucky five! Here's hoping! Thanks again - it's such a scary time xxxxx
Thank you for replying!
I guess they wouldn't say 100% if they were not absolutely sure x I've just never heard of this before x all I can do now is wait x
Hopefully I'll prove them 100% wrong eh!!
Personally I do think they know sometimes. When I first went to my GP she was convinced it was fibroid tissue as it was a spead out lump/area and again when I had the first mammo they could only see that too.
It was when I went for the ultrasound and biopsy that I could tell from the radioologist's face she was looking more worried and kept looking closely etc.
I asked her straight out what she thought it was and she said that she couldn't say and that I would get an appointment with the consultant if it was worrying.
I said "should I be worried" and she looked at me and said "I would be worried if it was me". That said everything to me. And then she said "but don't worry too much, they have great treatment these days".
Like you I was on my own and by this time completely shell shocked.
I know this doesn't help you much in your waiting, but what I would say is that 4 years later I am still here and I survived everything I had to go through to get to this point.
You will too, and believe me when I say that the waiting is definitely the worst. Whatever the results, you will deal with everything as and when needs be.
I'd really appreciate some help & advice xxx
Yesterday I went for a 'call back' appointment after a routine mammogram showed abnormalities on both breasts. I had a repeat mammogram on the left and a quick scan on it and the consultant radiographer said she was confident was fine.
She said the area of most concern for her was a lump that had shown up on the routine mammogram on my right breast. She then did an ultrasound scan and showed me the lump - she was very serious and also measured an area in my armpit.
While she was measuring it (I think she said 2 or 3 cms) I asked if it could be scar tissue from a previous ductectomy and major ductectomy and she said no.
I then asked if it could be a cyst or fibro thing and it was then she said "absulutely not - you have a significant lump that is presenting as cancer". She said she is 100% certain that it's cancer. She then did 3 or 4 biposies which she said would confirm this and give them more idea of what is going on and what treatment is needed.
I was sent in to talk to the specialist nurse who confirmed what the consutant said - given an appoinntment with the BC specialist in 12 days and I then left to go back to work. I stood outside and all I could think of is I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer! I was on my own as I thought it would just be a scan and biopsy and back for results in a week!
Needless to say I'm in shock - I just don't quite believe it to be honest!
I've never heard of such a firm diagnosis before the biopsy result has even come back!
Is this unusual? Did anyone else get this? xxxxx