No More Fear
Fear is an ugly beast that will run amok if you give in and surrender control. It’s crippling, suffocating, and incredibly debilitating.
Yesterday, fear threatened to consume me.
It lurked in the shadows and followed me around the hospital as I went from appointment to appointment in hopes of determining whether or not the new lump in my breast was a cause for concern.
This wasn’t my first experience with breast lumps. I’ve been down this road before. Just last year, I discovered a lump in my breast – a benign tumor with cells that carried the potential to become cancerous. It was a ticking time bomb that was eradicated and surgically removed in time, thanks to early detection.
I was one of the lucky ones.
Or so I’d thought, until I discovered yet another lump in my breast.
Lump number three.
Yesterday I headed to the hospital – my day jam-packed with appointments – to identify, examine, and diagnose the new lump in my breast. My diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound went just as I expected – uncomfortable, but not excruciating. The waiting is usually the hardest part of the ordeal – the week or so following these tests. Waiting on the results of a mammogram and ultrasound is exhausting and stressful. Fear usually takes up residence during the wait.
But I’d have no wait this time around.
According to my doctor, the diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound revealed that new lump I discovered was, in fact, just scar tissue developing at the site of last year’s tumor removal.
No new tumor.
No sign of cancer.
No more fear.
*I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind words of support, encouragement, and prayers. It means so much to me to know that I’m not alone. I’d like to encourage you to perform your monthly breast self-exams. If you’re 40 or over, get those yearly mammograms as well. And if fear is holding you back from following up on a suspicious lump, push that fear aside and call your doctor today.