Hi. I’ve been to the breast clinic twice now (I’m actually waiting for my third appointment) and can honestly say I can relate! My first time I was terrified. I had a scan and she said it looked like a Fibroadenoma and she wasn’t concerned the other nurse came over, looked at the screen and butted in ‘but we will do a biopsy just to be sure’. I convinced myself that she had seen something. A week on, the letter arrived. All clear. 4 months later I was back again. Opposite breast this time. I had visited the same GP as in the August and she had said she thought it felt like another Fibroadenoma but was worried how much my first had changed so booked me in for both. At my second BC appointment I was more confident, I knew the ropes. But after the triage and then the scan they said the doctor wanted to see me, no biopsy was taken. I waited for around ten minutes and then a nurse came and said that actually it was better he saw me in a few weeks time so booked me an appointment for two weeks later. Around 8 days later I got a call to say the doctor had looked at my scans and I didn’t need to return. It was such a strange experience. I went from ‘oh wow, why does he need to see me?’ To ‘oh my, he needs time to put a plan in place’ to ‘oh what? So I’m all clear?’ My best definition is it’s a rollercoaster. I’ve had a call from the BC clinic today and now the waiting game for a face to face. I get Covid restrictions but it’s a week on Friday since I saw my GP. The BC clinic said they would see me next week or the week after. I wake up some days convinced it’s another Fibroadenoma, others I remember the GP saying it felt different, like a cyst maybe but unlikely Fibroadenoma because it doesn’t move. I don’t know what’s happening right now but all I can say to reassure you is we have started our journey and we will have answers soon. Hopefully in a short while we will both be celebrating with a glass of fizz but if one of us aren’t so fortunate I can tell you first hand that everyone around here is super helpful and friendly.
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Hi, I’m new here but have been using the forums for reassurance for a few months now and just want to start by saying thank you to everyone for their posts. My back story: In June I found a lump in my right breast. I waited due to being advised that hormones can change the feel etc and in July I went to my GP who was incredible and reassuring. She processed an urgent referral and less than a week later I’d had blood tests, a biopsy and an ultrasound scan (Thank goodness for the NHS right!). The wait for results was unbearable and being August the bank holidays just prolonged the post. Eventually I got my letter back and it was good news, the lump was a Fibroadenoma. At the ultrasound the nurses had expected this and had given me a leaflet about Fibroadenoma so I read it cover to cover and turned to this forum for clarification. Despite the good result I felt a little lost, I put this down to the wait and unknown. Basically I’ve been on edge since. In October I found another lump. This time it felt different. I’d describe it more as a bump than lump and concluded that I was just being a hypochondriac because of what had happened with my other lump. When the bump hadn’t disappeared by December I went to my GP. Once again she was incredible. Very reassuring and offered to refer me for reassurance but didn’t believe it was anything to be worried about. She checked my old Fibroadenoma and was concerned it had changed. It does feel different but I assumed this was due to the biopsy. My referral was fast once again. It was 3 days later I went for my next ultrasound and biopsy. Before the ultrasound I spoke to the doctor who agreed with my GP that my left lump was probably nothing but breast tissue. He offered to discuss removal of my old lump for peace of mind through surgery and advised I come back after the ultrasound to discuss. The ultrasound confirmed that my previous lump had grown by 3mm to 18mm in just 3 months and the ‘bump’ was almost as big measuring at 13mm. The nurses suspected another Fibroadenoma and carried out a biopsy on it. She said she wasn’t overly concerned and that it was a Level 2 referral? Whatever that is. I waited to go back into the doctor but the nurse came out and said that it would be better to go home and think about the surgery then come back for my results and to discuss. Here’s where I began to overthink! Why the change? Was the doctor just busy? Did they see something on the scan? Why aren’t my results coming through the post like before? I’ve done nothing but over analyse since 20.12.19. From the pat on the shoulder from one nurse to the ‘Try not to worry and enjoy your Christmas’ from the other nurse I’ve done nothing but read too much into it. I’m not sure what I’m hoping for from writing this essay haha but if anyone’s been asked to go back for a results appointment rather than a letter in the post please share your story if you can. Thanks if you’re still reading. 🙂
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