I finally found out the results of my mammogram which was 3 weeks ago. I was pretty sure I’d have to go back for more testing. I had received 4 phone calls (one from the hospital where it was done, two from the health dept. about it, and another one from a doctor at the clinic where I had originally been seen) and a letter about the exam…and knew they were trying to obtain the results of my last one for comparison, which was done 6 years ago. I also have fibrocystic breast disease/condition…called a disease sometimes but really isn’t. It’s more of a condition.
Anyway, I wasn’t worried about it, but was anxious to get it all over and done with. They finally got the results on Wednesday of the last exam, and all is well, and I am cleared for another year! My mother had breast cancer…ultimately died from breast cancer that had metastasized to her lung and kidney. But she was 78 at the time, so lived a very long time after the initial cancer she had at…I believe age 42. I was 8 at the time, and she had a radical mastectomy and came very close to death. 20 years later it came back in the same spot, classified again as breast cancer. She had to have 2 ribs and part of her breast bone removed that time. And then she lived for another 16 years after that, and 36 years after the initial cancer! She was a true survivor.
I am not someone who is the least bit frightened of dying. Well…maybe of how I might die, to be honest. But not of death itself. But that doesn’t mean I want to have cancer and deal with that, or any other type of illness like that…or to have my family deal with those things.
My heart goes out to those of you here who are battling that horrible disease, or have a loved one who is. I’m thankful for the strides that have been made over the years for early detection, and to improve mortality rates of cancer victims. God bless you all and bring you healing.
Love and blessings,