Soooo Relieved!

Around 4:00 am this morning, I was lying in bed on my right side and had an itch under my left armpit.  As my hand grazed down past my breast, I felt what I can only describe as swollen tissue.  Now, before I continue, let me add that I am an oncology social worker.  Last week, I learned about 4 women, under the age of 40, who have aggressive breast cancer.  Needless to say, I was quite alarmed.  As soon as I got to work this morning, I went to talk with the nurse with whom I work, who is also a good friend, and I asked for her opinion.  She immediately shot into action.  She made sure they squeezed me in for a mammogram that day. I am very fortunate to work in one of the best cancer centers in NJ.  Anyway, I was given both a mammogram and an ultrasound.  Thank God there was nothing of concern.  I simply have very fibrocystic breasts.

  I have to tell you, I was really scared, but, as scared as I was, I am almost grateful that I had this experience.  I caught a brief glimpse of  what my patients had to face.  As I sat in the robe in the waiting room waiting to hear my results, all I kept thinking about was my patients and how brave they are.  Not only did they have to hear the words, "you have cancer" but they have to deal with it!  The whole process tries even the strongest of souls. I admire their strength and courage.  I will definitely keep up with my yearly mammograms.  Ladies who are reading this, please give yourselves regular self-exams and have your yearly mammogram.  Men reading this who have wives, mothers, sisters, etc., please make sure the women you love are checking themselves.  As scary as breast cancer is, if it is caught early, it is treatable. I am glad this experience was short lived, but I will take what I have learned and apply it to my work.  I just hope it makes me a better social worker.  God works all things for good!

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1 Response Mar 11, 2010

I am happy to hear that all is well and feel for you for even considering the worst this morning. I too am 40 and recently had surgery due to cysts in uterus (Doc thinking it was something else.). So I understand the stress thinking it could be worse. Blessing to you and keep up the self exams. We must take care of ourselves in order to care for others.<br />
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