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Old 12-28-15, 03:27 PM   #1
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So this morning I got a call from the medical center that there were some 'changes' on my mammogram - which I had last week. They want me to come back in for another one. After that I will meet with the imaging specialist. I guess that's when they decide if you need a biopsy or not.

I know a lot of the time these things are false positives. I hate the idea that I have to get a second exposure to radiation to find out if I have cancer or not.

The first appt I was offered was for 10 days from now. That seems like forever, so I opted to go to another clinic where I could get it done next Monday.

Its going to be hard for me to live through the next 7 days wondering if I have something seriously wrong.

Anyone been through this?

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Old 12-28-15, 03:47 PM   #2
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I don't get mammograms. I just do self breast exams.

But I did have an HIV scare in February. I went and got tested. I kept thinking, "maybe I shouldn't. So many people don't" blah blah blah but I told myself "be an adult and get tested."

In front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic, I met a man who also had been tested. He said he had unprotected sex with a woman and afterwards she said "I hope you enjoy your AIDS."

He is still HIV negative.

On the one hand he scared me because he said "HIV ain't nothin' to play with. First thing that happens is you get black spots on all yo' arms." On the other hand, he reassured me that I would test negative if he was able to.

I tested negative for all diseases.

I'm sure it's nothing OO. Why worry? What does that solve? I heard something like 30% of worries are about things you have no control over, so oh well. 30% of worries are about things you DO have control over. And the remaining percentage of worries, the majority of them, are about things that never end up happening!
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Old 12-28-15, 09:42 PM   #3
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So this morning I got a call from the medical center that there were some 'changes' on my mammogram - which I had last week. They want me to come back in for another one. After that I will meet with the imaging specialist. I guess that's when they decide if you need a biopsy or not.

I know a lot of the time these things are false positives. I hate the idea that I have to get a second exposure to radiation to find out if I have cancer or not.

The first appt I was offered was for 10 days from now. That seems like forever, so I opted to go to another clinic where I could get it done next Monday.

Its going to be hard for me to live through the next 7 days wondering if I have something seriously wrong.

Anyone been through this?

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Hi, Oliveoyl. No, I'm sorry I haven't gone through a mammogram follow up.

But I did go through a week of waiting on the edge of my seat to go back to the doctor because of abnormal pap test results back in my twenties. Yeah, it was nerve-wracking. It required some follow up treatment but in the end, it worked out okay. Cuz here I am in my early 50s.

First, you sound like you are really educated about your health. That is a huge plus. That will help you stay focussed on positive outcomes and steps to take.

I don't know if there is anything that can keep you preoccupied or focussed - friends, hobbies, meditation, spirituality, family ... but hang onto it tight for the next 7 days. If fear or anxiety wells up, try to distract yourself again as best as possible.

And before you know it, your appointment date will arrive and the wait will be over.

Here's wishing that everything works out okay for you! *fingers and toes crossed*
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Old 12-28-15, 10:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your experiences with me SG and Raven... I am trying to be calm about this. There is nothing more I can do between now and Monday. But I wish it was going to be tomorrow. I'm not sure why not knowing something is worse than knowing... I guess its because you can't even make a plan...

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I haven't told anyone else about my return for a recheck. I guess it makes me feel like its under control when I don't have to deal with anyone else's emotions.

So tomorrow I go for another mammogram and then they have you meet with a radiologist. Either they decide you are ok, or you have to have a biopsy.

I don't feel a lump anywhere. I had shingles over the summer and I am hoping that is what is showing up on the mammogram, which looks different than the last one. But some lumps are pretty small, in which case that should make it easier to treat if it is cancerous.

Cancer, such a powerful word.

Trying to stay positive until I know what's up.

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12 hours to go. I hate this.

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Old 01-04-16, 02:44 PM   #7
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So I went back in for another mammogram. First the lady took me in for 2 xrays which she said were different than the ones I had a couple weeks ago. Went back to the waiting room. Then I was called back for 3 more xrays. All the time they're telling me that they are just trying to be thorough. Went back to the waiting room.

I was called back a third time and this time they took me into the ultrasound room. A different technician was examining me and she took a long, long time. By this time I was pretty sure something had to be wrong so I asked what she was looking for. Basically she said she couldn't find what she was looking for. The radiologist gave her some coordinates but she couldn't see anything there.

Finally the radiologist and a resident came in. They were pretty cheery. They did some more looking with the ultrasound. I made conversation just to put myself at ease, but I was worried to death.

So finally the radiologist told me that there were some tiny cysts that were on this mammogram but they were not on the last one. They said it was a different kind of imaging from the last one, so it was hard to tell. They want me back in 6 months so they can monitor it.

So, I feel better but the whole experience was kind of annoying. It was somewhere between uncomfortable and painful. And I haven't felt this level of anxiety in years.

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