BREASTS! So I had a little scare over the last couple of weeks. But after getting properly checked out, thankfully I only have cysts that are causing issues – not breast cancer.
My post is to take you through my experience and encourage you to check things out if you are concerned. Surprisingly, the mammogram I had wasn’t even uncomfortable (I would hands down have it over a stretch and sweep any day!). And funny, half way through the ultrasound with my boobies lathered with lube we worked out the girl doing it was a local mum to me – he he.
I had noticed soreness, particularly when one of my girls climbed on me the wrong way. After a month or so of self-examination, a friend told me to stop touching them and get them checked out! My doctor sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound and they were amazing. I was in the waiting room and a lady in a bright pink top came out and called my name. I walked into her little room and burst out crying – I’m really nervous I said. “Of course you are darling” she said, and gave me a massive hug. Her name was Eva. She was fabulous. Warm, understanding, gentle. She also had fantastic communication skills and walked me through the entire experience.
As I said earlier the mammogram itself was not even uncomfortable for me. I would prefer it over a pap smear any day (which is obviously just as important and something I’ve been doing regularly since I was 18). I know its different for different people, but compared to some of the things that we endure going through child birth – it was easy.
And then the ultrasound. Yes, my boobs were thoroughly checked by another woman. She is pretty inspiring – young mum (only 26) with a 2yo. All sorts of qualifications already and now studying to be a sonographer – in her 3rd year of study.
When I caught up with Eva at the end she said one of the biggest issues that stops people from taking action and getting checked out is fear. People worried about what the outcome will be. We all know that with early detection breast cancer is beatable, so it’s odd we do this – but we do.
Hopefully my story will help remind people to check, but also have the courage to do something if you are unsure or feel a change. Even though the doctor couldn’t physically feel the lumps in my breast at no point did she think I was being silly.
Things to look out for:
– a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
– a change in the size or shape of the breast
– a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
– a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
– a change in the skin of the breast such as redness or dimpling
– an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.
Massive thanks to the team at imaging for being so fab too!
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