Remember Monday when I said I hoped I was finished with the doctor and all these exams for a while? Well, looks like I spoke too soon. Yesterday, I got the dreaded call back.
I assumed that I was in the clear after my mammogram last Friday, but apparently there was more to be seen of my left breast. I made the appointment for yet another mammogram and tried to keep my cool.
Lots of women get called back for more pictures. It’s not uncommon. Sometimes the radiologist sees a shadow, or maybe the breast tissue is too dense and they need a different angle. Whatever the case may be, there could be lots of things seen on a mammogram that are totally harmless. So my thoughts did not jump to cancer.
I was just anxious and not looking forward to having another mammogram so soon.
Well, I just got back and I am happy to report that everything is a-ok! See, here’s the proof.
It says, “Your mammogram/ultrasound is normal without evidence of cancer.”
The extra mammogram on the left boob was just as painful as the first time. But over quickly. Then I got called back again for an ultrasound on the same breast. This definitely sent my heart rate up a little, because I didn’t know what was causing all the concern.
After the radiologist took a look at both my mammogram pictures and ultrasound pictures, she said everything looked fine and recommended I get an MRI in 6 months and another mammo in a year – which is what my oncologist wanted me to do anyways.
Sigh of relief! Women my age have really dense breast tissue, which is what make mammograms so hard to read at times. The technician told me that it could take them years to get used to what looks normal for my breasts.
I am just glad that they were thorough and called me back even though it turned out to be nothing. I cannot praise the Fairfax Radiology staff enough for making all these uncomfortable exams a little more bearable.
Ok, so now I can officially go on vacation and not be worried about my lady lumps. I’m ready for a whole lot of this….