Sunday, May 22, 2011

New news update

I made it to my Friday follow-up appointment and had a repeat mammogram and ultrasound on my left breast. After comparing all three films (Friday's, the previous Friday's and my last mammo several years ago) the doctor decided that something was there but we're not sure what it is yet.

It could be nothing, it could be something.

So, we're not watching and waiting for a year and we're not running to the doctor's office yet. Instead the mammo place is sending the results to my gynecologist's office and then they are supposed to set up an appointment for a gammagram.

A gammagram is kind of like a mammogram but you get to sit down the whole time and they don't squish you anywhere near as much as in a mammogram. What happens is they inject some dye into your arm and it travels throughout your body. For some reason, the dye pools into any cancerous areas in your breast(s) and it shows up as dark spots. This is supposed to be a quick (an hour or less), easy, and less painful way to get a diagnosis or an all-clear.

Results are given to you that day, according to the pamphlet that they gave me.

I am now waiting for that next appointment to be set up. Am I a little nervous? Sure I am, but I figure that if, and that's a big if, this is cancer then this is the best time to have it. It's the end of the school year in another month and then on to summer vacation so I wouldn't need to miss work.

If it's an all-clear then woohoo to that.

As always, I do promise to keep you updated when I have more news. Thanks for reading and for your support. :)

1 comment:

Lisa Emrich said...

Sounds like the doctors are taking things one step at a time. You've dealt with different situations and diseases before, you can deal with whatever this may or may not turn out to be. But I will vote for the 'whoohoo' outcome. Just know that folks are thinking about you. I'm thinking about you and hope that things are going well.