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Fri Jul 9, 2021, 10:39 AM

Breast MRI today

My annual mammo revealed a whole slew of cysts that LOOK benign, so my doctor ordered this test. He promised to call me on Monday and let me know what we do next...most likely a biopsy to make sure of what's in there.
I already told him that if anything looks bad, I want to just go for the second mastectomy -- I dread the idea of going through all that cancer treatment again. My daughter's big Hawaii wedding is next year and I'd hate to be in chemo recovery for that.

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Reply Breast MRI today (Original post)
PennyC Jul 2021 OP
Unwind Your Mind Jul 2021 #1
MLAA Jul 2021 #2
mercuryblues Jul 2021 #3
PennyC Jul 2021 #4
PennyC Jul 2021 #5
PennyC Jul 2021 #6
PennyC Jul 2021 #7
PennyC Aug 2021 #8
PennyC Sep 2021 #9
RobinA Sep 2021 #10
PennyC Mar 2022 #11

Response to PennyC (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 10:45 AM

1. Love and Light to you


I’ve never posted here before but will share my family story, sometime…

The wedding sounds lovely 🥰

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 10:49 AM

2. Sending love.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 12:47 PM

3. Best wishes for you.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 04:40 PM

4. Well, that was uncomfortable.

I asked for '70s music in the headphones, and it gave me "Sweet Home Alabama" -- a pro-Southern song grrr. Glad that's over. If Phillips is so good at audio equipment, why can't they do something to make these machines quieter???

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 04:42 PM

5. Biopsy scheduled

My Dr still thinks it's going to be a nothing, but we're going in just to make sure. I'll report back.
Thanks for the good thoughts.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:23 PM

6. I had my biopsy today.

I was awake and it was only painful for a minute (I complained and they gave me more Lidocaine). Afterward, more mammograms were taken (to show the placement of the marker).
I'll get the results next Monday at my surgeon's office.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 12:09 PM

7. NOTHING

It's a nothing cyst! I'm good, but from now on, we'll look every six months rather than yearly.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 09:24 PM

8. And who knew...

...that my cancer history made me eligible for medical you-know-what?

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 03:27 PM

9. Well, CBD does work

...if you throw in a bit of THC with it. Very little in my case (I've always been a cheap date lol).

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Fri Sep 24, 2021, 12:19 PM

10. What I Finally

figured out was that trying to stay out of the OR when they find these things was more anxiety producing than useful. First there's the mammo, then the ultrasound, then the MRI, then the needle biopsy, core biopsy, and then...oops, you need a biopsy. With the life-stopping anxiety at each step. My plan going forward was just go straight to the biopsy and be done with it. Much less worry. Then I developed actual breast cancer (which was pretty definitively diagnosed at the ultrasound stage), and I went with the bilateral MX. Enough was enough. Now I have to still worry about the cancer coming back, but the mammogram chain is over. Good luck.

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Response to PennyC (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 03:08 PM

11. Hopefully all done (at least with my 2016 cancer)

The doctor has replaced my implant (it was too large, and it was seated too low), and now I'm just about symmetrical. Prepping for daughter's wedding -- clothes look normal on me now! Been exercising and even lost some weight.
I'll continue to do all the tests every sic months.
Also had a colonoscopy. One small polyp was benign. i had it mainly to see why I have "bathroom issues." Hemmorhoids, that's all. Maybe next year I'll deal with that. For now it's lace and flowers and high heels.

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