Surgeion appointment - update

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by goldenguru, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. goldenguru

    goldenguru Active Member

    Hi ladies and thanks for your genuine concern.

    Saw the breast surgeon on Monday. The good news is that he was NOT leaning toward lymphoma after a complete exam/family history, etc.

    Not so good news is that he found a 'nodule' on my left breast (same side as the lymph nodes) that he didn't like. Yesterday I had an ultrasound, followed by a needle biopsy.

    So - between the swollen nodes and the lump in the breast - it looks rather obvious to me. Of course, they won't tell me anything until the biopsy comes in - should be by Friday.

    Somehow in my own head, breast cancer sounds less terrifying than lymphoma. However, at 46, it is all terrifying.

    My emotions are very up and down. Sobbing one minute - able to function the next.

    So - it is a matter of trying to stay sane the next few days. I think once I know what I'm dealing with, I should be a little better emotionally.

    I'll update as I know more. And thanks so much for the support!
  2. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Thanks for the update. We were getting anxious to hear what happened.

    Take a deep breath. It could be benign. A lump doesn't always mean cancer.

    We are here for vent away, if you need to.
  3. ML

    ML Guest

    We are here for you in any way you need us. I'm still holding onto the hope that it is benign. At the very least that you caught it early. I agree, the bc feels like the lesser of two evils. Thinking of you and saying lots of prayers. Love, ML
  4. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Sending good thoughts. The hope is that whatever it is that it is easily rectified.
  5. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Sending good thoughts and prayers!
  6. ctmom05

    ctmom05 Member


    You know I am in there, routing for you . . .
  7. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Prayers going up that it will be easy to treat.
  8. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    That's GREAT that it's not lymphoma!!!! As for the other's just that. A possibility. And even if it IS breast cancer....I'm sure the treatment isn't pleasant but it's treatable and CURABLE!!! This will work out and we'll be with you one way or another every step of the way no matter what it is., well....please keep in mind that I try to find the humor in everything I can. MAY not know this about me but I don't have what you would call a normal sense of humor. (I know...a shocker, right? :tongue: )

    IF it is bc and depending on the course of treatment you and your doctor decide on....there is the possibility of a good thing here. You said you're 46 years old, correct? Well.....depending on how things pan could wind up with the boobs of a TWENTY six year old. Get healthy AND get new boobs. Bonus!

    Seriously've got the right attitude right now. See what the tests and biopsy say and plan from there. We're here whenever you need us. Vent away...we'll listen, hold your hand, hug, make you laugh (hopefully)....whatever you need.

  9. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Lots of love and support coming your way, along with prayers!
  10. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Well I'm relieved they don't believe it is lymphoma... I hope you get good news on Friday. I will continue to hold you up in my prayers...
  11. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Aw, I'm so sorry.

    been there done that, except no one suggested I have lymphoma. But your note brings back lots of memories ... needle biopsy, ultrasound, all that.
    The waiting is the hard part. It's all anxiety producing, but there's something about a diagnosis that allows one to set their jaw and move forward.

    Thank you for letting us know.
  12. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Sending lots of hugs. Awesome that they don't think it is lymphoma!
  13. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    GG, you have not been far from my thoughts. Many prayers and hugs for good news.

  14. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Also a flat stomach without having to exercise or diet for it...

    Seriously, two of my friends who have recently had post-cancer reconstruction, did it by donating their tummy fat and were both delighted with the results.

    As for having the boobs of a 26 year old - enjoy them while you can, before the girl asks for them back.

    You'll be fine. Just keep your sense of humour, keep on smiling at least on the outside and some of it will leak through to the inside and help you cope with the fear. You are always stronger than you think.

  15. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    So glad to hear it isn't Lymphoma. Keeping you in my prayers. Hugs.
  16. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    Let us know if you need ANYTHING! The kids are still adding you to their bedtime prayers!

  17. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Sending hugs, strength, and support. I am thinking of you. Let us know how Friday goes.
  18. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member


    Waiting is so tough. I went through that with a surgical biopsy before I was 40, then again later with ultrasound & multiple mammos. All turned out negative, but it seemed like a very long haul to get there. :anxious: Wish they could just tell you and move on!

    Do something nice for yourself this week as a distraction -- a good movie, an hour in the local coffeehouse with a good book, whatever seems pleasant to you. :D And keep us posted.

  19. Jungleland

    Jungleland Welcome to my jungle!

    I just saw this post, sorry I missed this situation. I am so glad it is not Lymphoma. Prayers going up that it is not BC. But if it is, I know you will push forward and do well.

    I am in the "waiting game" right now as well. Had the Mammo, will have the Sono next Monday. After my initial panic, I am now prepared for whatever this is. I am scared, sad, and many other emotions but mostly I am determined to get past this and on to better things.

    Many hugs and prayers,