Dear Hubby, Little Man, and I all participated in Race for the Cure, which is sponsored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. This is my second year participating. Last year, Dear Hubby couldn’t participate due to his deployment, but this year he was there to support me.
I’m passionate about fighting cancer. Too many people in my family have been affected by it. I even had my own cancer scare.
In June 2009, I had a large inflamed area on my breast that was raised, red, and very painful. I called my doctor about it and was able to get a same day appointment. The doctor was pretty concerned about it and scheduled me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Within 3 days, I had an appointment scheduled for the next week at the Breast Care Center.
The whole experience was very scary for my husband and me. I was only 30 years old and my doctor was concerned that I might have breast cancer. We didn’t tell many people about it. Just close family members. We spent a lot of time in prayer.
On the day of my exams, Dear Hubby took off work to go with me. Many women in the waiting room were sharing their stories and offering each other support. We waited in the waiting room for a long time. Finally, it was my turn to be called back.
The ultrasound was first. The ultrasound tech seemed to be very surprised at what she was seeing. The ultrasound was painful because she had to keep pressing down on the area that was inflamed.
Next in line was the mammogram. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I’ve heard all kinds of horror stories about mammograms, but the tech I had was very gentle. Maybe she heard about the pain I went through with the ultrasound tech…
After the exams, I went to a new waiting room. I prayed and asked God to heal my body. Finally, the Radiologist called me into a conference room. He told me that I didn’t have breast cancer. That was a relief!
He then explained to me that I had an inflamed vein. In his many years of practice, he’s only seen it twice, which explains why the ultrasound tech seemed to be so surprised.
After about a month, the pain went away and there were no signs of the inflamed vein. After following up with my doctor and getting another ultrasound six months later, I was given a clean bill of health.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ladies, please examine your breasts on a monthly basis. This simple exam can save your life. Here’s a link about breast self awareness from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Below are some pics from the Race for the Cure.