Wednesday last I went for a breast biopsy. This was my second. The first was two years ago and on the right breast. This one was on the left. The earlier one was simple. They told me that it would probably be fatty tissue right up front and it was. But this one was a lot more scary. My (3rd confirming) mammogram showed microcalcifications! These are calcifications as small as grains of salt. When they are in clusters it’s not good. I went on the internet and surfed the term. Seemingly they can be an early sign of breast cancer.
The radiologist said they were abnormal and highly suspicious and that I needed to have a biopsy. I had a stereotactic biopsy (see pic up top). It took two hours, was a little painful, and uncomfortable for my neck and spine. Afterward I went home and waited for the results.
As the days dragged on (in slow motion) I became more and more anxious. I’d read what would need to be done should it turn out to be the worse case scenario–very scary. I’d made up my mind that if it was bad news I’d go for treatment to Houston. And I was working out how I was going to do that. Yes, these were the thoughts. It was sobering.
Finally, a week to the day, the nurse called to tell me there was no sign of cancer in the tissue samples they’d taken. I can’t tell you the relief. Hubby was so relieved he took me out to dinner last night.
As happy as I am about my results I am still feeling down. When I went to the breast cancer websites I read the stories of women diagnosed with the same microcalcifications Bi-rad4 as I’d been, but their results were cancer. And they are having to endure some awful painful decisions and surgeries. It’s heart-breaking. I do know a couple of women who have beaten breast cancer and so I believe the odds are good that most of these women will beat it too. it’s just so terribly sad that any of them have to go through it at all.