Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Get Your Boobies Squished!

I usually don't discuss a lot of my personal life here, other than knitting obvs, but thought this was something I should share.

Last month my primary doctor gave me a script for a mammogram. I sorta rolled my eyes but agreed to do it. Went and had it done no big deal. A week later my doctor called and said there were suspicious calcifications in my pictures and she wanted me to go get a biopsy. I was shocked. There were no lumps so this couldn't be felt with a home check. I went for the biopsy and had an appointment a week later with the head of breast surgery at Beth Israel Hospital here in NYC. Much to my surprise my biopsy came back positive for breast cancer called DCIS. It's a non-aggressive cancer but she wanted to have it removed. Wow. No history of breast cancer in my family so we were all surprised and shocked by this. I had what was called a lumpectomy, even though there was no lump, last week and we're now waiting for the pathology report. If all goes well I'll have to go for radiation for six weeks. If all isn't well they'll either have to go back in to try to remove the cancer or I may have to have a mastectomy. Hopefully it won't come to that but if it does, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm so lucky to have such a supportive group of family and friends around me so I know whatever will be, will be. I also have great faith in my doctors so I know I'm in good hands.

I wanted to post this because it's so important to have a mammogram. Get your boobs squished! I know it's not fun, it's uncomfortable but it could be lifesaving. If this post makes one person go have a mammogram it will be worth sharing this most personal part of my life.

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Yvonne said...

I second your recommendation to get your boobs squished. I had mine squished in August as a routine mammogram (no problems beforehand) and in September the Drs performed a WLE & axilliary clearance as the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes. I start chemotherapy tomorrow.

Good luck with your treatment

Susan said...

Good thoughts for you! I found a lump 4 years ago, and luckily it wasn't malignant, but it's some scary shit. Hoping all goes well.

Ali knits said...

Thank you so much for this tremendously personal post. It's too easy to dismiss routine check-ups but this really brings home their importance.
I really hope that your pathology results come back with the best result you can have. Remember you have lots of blog friends out here wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Take care xxx

gail said...

Good luck with this new challenge. You have many people rooting for you.

Jen said...

Thinking of you. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you well out here in blog-land!

vtknitboy said...

susie, u know how much i love you! kisses and lots of love sent your way....xoxo chris

kate said...

Sending so many good thoughts your way!

Claudine said...

So sorry to hear this. My thoughts will be with you in the coming weeks. Keep your chin and boobs up!

Rich said...

You know I'm routing for you Susie!!! Thoughts & prayers are with you.

Bookworms Shelf said...

Sorry you have to go through this. But it's very important to know that you WILL get through it! I've had breast cancer twice. The first time, i had a lumpectomy, radiation and chemo. The second time, a bilateral mastectomy and chemo. I also carry the brca1 mutation. Yeah, the treatments suck but it's so worth it. If you need to talk, I'm addicted2yarn on twitter, diane pg on Facebook and my email is addicted2yarn00@gmail.com

knitstamatic said...

Oh Susie, my heart goes out to you. Five years ago when I had my first mamo they found something. It turned out to be a cyst but all the additional tests and all the waiting was torture. Having my family around helped me get thru all the waiting and wondering. Be strong.

Allyson said...

I'm so proud of your courage in sharing this.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Keeping you in my prayers. Glad you had the mammogram, and are keeping on top of this. Thanks for sharing your story.

scifiknitter said...

Thanks so much for writing this. I'm not happy to hear about your news, but I'm glad that they found this so early. I'm hoping that the news gets better from here for you.

Jo Ann said...

Wow! How sweet of you to take time during this difficulty to care about other women... You are so right, it is very important to take care of the girls. I am nearing the age of my first mammos (those baseline ones) and I've already started focusing on the positive (early detection) versus the negative (inconvenient, scary.) I've already done a round with a cervical cancer scare so I know personally how important this all is. But enough about me... HUGE HUGS for you. I'm glad that you have a good team supporting you, and of course, all your internet buddies are here for you, too. Feel well and ask us if you need anything! xoxox Jo Ann / knittingpanda

Jo Ann said...

I was reading this on my phone as we entered a tunnel. It was soo important to leave you a note that I put it on my todo list. YOU ARE IMPORTANT!!! Jo Ann

gerri newfry said...

my mom just had breast cancer. i have to have my mammogram this month. i hope all is well with you.

Kate B said...

I hope all goes well for you. This is survivable. My mother is a 30+ year survivor of breast cancer. And yes, I get squished every year.

sueb said...

Thank you for sharing your news! I think we all need to be reminded of doing our mamo's. I do mine on my birthday so it's easier to remember. Hope all goes well! Prayers for good news for you!

Carol Pack Urban said...

As a Stage III Colon Cancer survivor diagnosed at the age of 45 I want to encourage each of you to also get a colonoscopy scheduled along with your mammograms. Screening does save lives! I've just made it to the five year mark. Susie, God bless. Keep us posted on how things progress!

Megan said...

Love you!

Pretty Knitty said...

The more women who will stand up and say, "it happened to me," the better. We all need to know that we're not invincible, so we need to get checked. Mammogram is individually uncomfortable at best, for a few minutes. Terminal illness is permanently uncomfortable for everyone touched by your life... Thanks for sharing.