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).
Posted by Renee