It was one year ago today that my breast cancer journey started.
July 27, 2012 is the day I went for an ultrasound to check out the cysts that I had in my right breast. I had been regularly having mammograms and ultrasounds to watch these “cysts”. My 2011 tests showed only the cysts and I was told to come back in a year. I’m glad I didn’t wait the full year to have them checked again, but I wish I had followed up sooner. When the density of the cysts changed, I should have gone back. But I waited, as I was convinced they were cysts (I could feel them like a cluster of grapes), and no one seemed particularly concerned.
But lurking behind that clump of cysts was a tumor and it got pretty big before showing up on any tests. During my 2012 ultrasound, the tech spent a lot of time looking around. I was taking this all in stride until she said the doctor would have to look at it. Uh oh. And then when the doctor insisted that I have a biopsy done before I left for vacation in two days, I knew I was screwed.
The biopsy wasn’t too painful (thank God for numbing drugs); just the feeling of pressure as she took 4 samples and then added the clip to mark the tumor. At that time, they thought the tumor was about 2-3 cm. What a surprise it would be when we later found it was actually 8 cm!!!
And what a year it’s been…