Welcome to the Breast Blog: How it all began

June 29, 2011 In the summer of 2009, for some quirky unknown reason, I’m kind of embarrassed to confess I started taking photos of my breasts.  I suspect it had something to do with being bored, needing to rebel from the constraints of my life at that time (taking care of two elderly parents), and…

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Stalling on Getting Another Mammogram

June 30, 2013 (I wrote this on April 16, 2013.  It’s now June 30th.  Clearly I’m stalling not only on getting a mammogram, but on sharing this with you all.) Hi folks.  I decided it’s time to admit to you all (and me) that I have been stalling.  My last mammogram was January of 2012. …

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Choosing the Right Doctor!

June 23, 2011   After discovering I had “suspicious” mammograms and ultrasounds, I was referred by my primary doctor to a breast specialist. I was decidedly ambivalent about him.  He was certainly charming enough.  I liked him, was even a bit attracted to him, but I found myself frustrated with his communication skills.  For instance, two…

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Feeling Anxious

July 12, 2011 Okay, I confess.  In this moment I am a bit anxious.  It is getting close to 2 months now, and I still don’t have a diagnosis. I can go for a week at a time and be as calm as can be.  And then I’ll have an appointment, or a call to…

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Risk Factors for Developing Breast Cancer

June 28, 2011 Ever since reading my Radiology Report, I have been thinking about that “nodule is concerning based on patient’s history” part. So I did a bit of research about what constitutes risk factors for breast cancer.  The following is an abridged summary from the cancer website: Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get…

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In Limboland

July 21, 2011 I used to be very good at limbo.  I have a flexible body and strong legs.  However I find I’m not so good at being in limbo.  That requires a very different set of muscles – patience muscles.  I have to exercise patience.  And faith. It’s been two weeks since the “biopsy that wasn’t.”  Two weeks…

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Weedkillers, Bug Sprays and Breast Cancer

(A CASE FOR EATING ORGANIC FOODS!!!) July 23, 2011 I was thinking of all the friends I know who have had breast cancer.  None of them live in an industrial area.  Yes, there are other risk factors besides environmental factors, certainly, but I still wondered why there would be so many cases in the relative…

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Asking the Hard Questions

August 2, 2011 Tomorrow is my first biopsy. Now that the shock of “something seems to be wrong with my breasts” has begun to fade a bit, and now that the worry of getting these biopsies scheduled has passed, and now that the reality of a diagnosis is getting closer, I find I am finally…

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Stereotactic Biopsy

August 4, 2011 So, friends, today is the day after the first biopsy. Fortunately, thank goodness, I woke up relatively free of the pain I felt yesterday.  I didn’t expect it to hurt so much!  Is it strange that I didn’t expect it to hurt?  I guess I really am naïve in ways. Here is what…

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