A Warning To All Women!!! Please Read!!!Ladies always listen to your gut when it comes to your health. You know best. Two months ago, I reported something suspicious to my family doctor. I basically had unusual breast pain with sharp intense pangs in my left breast. My breast was also swollen and felt very active.....like it was doing something. It was very different than my usual breast tenderness I get during PMS. My doctor minimized it saying it was just hormonal. As a precaution I self-referred myself for a mammogram . It came out clear but symptoms persisted. Two months ago I got a skin lesions on my areola that looked suspicious but was told it was only a skin infection so I used a topical treatment for 10 days that didn't work. In fact, I started getting even more lesions. I went back and I was refered to a a breast specialist who told me I had a glandular breast infection. I suggested cancer but he said no he didn't think so. I was given antibiotics but it still didn't clear up. They then took a biopsy only to discover Stage III cancer. It's advanced and in my lymphatic system. I will know if it's spread though out my body after a CT scan. I start aggressive chemo next Wednesday.
I started to get unusual symptoms in June and now here I stand 6 months later with a cancer diagnosis. Why did it take them so long to diagnose. And why did the mammogram come out clear.
The funny thing is that I always knew that this was something really weird . My breast just felt so weird. So heavy. The nipple was changing. The lesions were unlike anything I've ever seen. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG!!! Ladies, we have to persist in this health system. We have to take control of our health. We need to listen to our guts. We know our bodies.
My particular breast cancer is very rare but according to the oncologist is has become more common. Many family doctors aren't aware of the symptoms. But still, why didn't the doctors take me more seriously. When I'd complain and say things like "but the pain is different. It's unusual. Why is it so swollen?" It was just brushed off like I was just exaggerating. The pain I feel according to the oncologist is because my cancer is so fast growing, so active I can actually feel it growing. It's almost like the growing pains you get when you are young.
The thing is that I have no family history of breast cancer, had always been physically healthy and am fairly energetic. I look just to damn healthy to be taken seriously. Everyone is shocked.
lagatta 41-45, F 7 Responses 8 Nov 24, 2012