Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Sigh of Relief!

Just got back from Woman's Hospital, I had an appointment to have a 2nd mammogram and ultrasound done, after having abnormalities (that's now what they called it, but anyway . .) on my screening mammogram last week. This scared the shit out of me because my mom had breast cancer at age 39 and I fear that because I'm like her in every other which way, I'll follow suit here. I was scared for a short while and then decided to not put the worrying into high gear until I knew there was something to worry about. After learning that about 90% of all 'abnormal' findings on screening mammograms are not malignancies, I felt that I could put my worrying off a bit. It's good that I did because it turns out that the calcifications that I had (which potentially could be pre-cancerous) were nothing but signs that I am indeed aging. Bummer. The nodule that was found turned out to be a benign cyst. I did learn something,

RENEE'S BIT OF EDUCATION FOR THE DAY: A totally black, even-edged spot with a white shadow on a breast ultrasound is usually a benign cyst. A spot with some grey in it and more of a starburst shape, with a black shadow is a malignancy.
Don't say you never learned anything from the Froggie blog, because there it is. It's good that I blog these things, because I can use them as references from here on out, because I'll forget this by tomorrow.
So, I breathed a big sigh of relief and as I was walking to my car, I thought of how happy I was to go back to my boring life. I couldn't wait to get back to work and hope that the Microsoft gods would shine down on me and point me in the right direction to fix this damn Access database. I wanted to see my buddies, Krystal and Beki and plan how we could gain our next 5 pounds. Turns out the answer was Mr. Gatti's at LSU.
And most of all, I realized how lucky I am to pick up my girls from art class in a few hours and chat with them about their day while taking them to soccer practice. I'm lucky because I also get to suck the juice out of chunky-monkey John M.'s cheeks (see said cheeks above)! Sometimes a little scare is just what you need to realize just how blessed you are.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Count your blessings, not your troubles."
(I love that one).


chesneygirl said...

I LOVE the picture, too cute!!! :)

Glad to hear everything is "normal".

I'm off to count my blessings now!! :)

Christa said...

That is a great quote! I should remind myself of that a lot more often. Sorry if my post made you a bit sad, but I am SO happy to hear about your good news! When we get scares like that the rest of the boring daily stuff suddenly isn't so boring anymore. Enjoy your day with your kids!

Krisco said...

PS Thanks for the education....:)

DaniGirl said...

Renee, I tried to comment the other day but Blogger had other ideas. Anyway, I LOVE that pic of your gorgeous kids, and thanks for the information, too. I'm so so happy that you have good news and a boring life - there's something lovely to be said for both of those things!