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Here we go again! Suspicions found on my mammogram

How do I start this post? I’m usually in a positive state
of mind when I receive negative results. But this time my nerves
are shot. But why? Let me back up a little and catch you up to
speed. I recently went back and had a mammogram done. It was a
follow up from a negative result a year ago. At that time the
radiologist said he had some concerns and wanted me to repeat the
mammogram test. After the second test they decided to do an
ultra-sound as well. The ultra-sound confirmed their suspicions. So
I was scheduled for a needle biopsy on my right breast. Well as it
should happen the tests were all being done around my anniversary
(36 yrs) and Christmas. I had to wait until after the New Year to
get the results. That seemed like the longest wait time to endure.
But at the end, thank goodness it was benign. That brings us to
today. After my year follow up mammogram test. (btw, my follow up
was suppose to be in six months.) I was called back this Monday
Dec. 20th and told the Dr needs me to come back and have another
mammogram done. He has some concerns. So here I am sitting in the
car as my husband drives me to my appt. I’m glad I’m not alone.
Last year I went to each and every appointment alone. Thinking it
would be a piece of cake. But it was anything but easy. It was
mentally taxing. So ‘here we go again’ it’s My anniversary, 37 years this this time and Christmas is but three days away. I’m sitting in Simon
Med Imaging waiting for my next mammogram test. Ok, Esther time to
think positive thoughts. The power of positive thinking really does
work. So that’s what I will do. Believe everything is going to be
ok. That this second test is just to double check that they really
looked me over well.


I Can Breathe Again!

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Breast cancer today is the second most widespread type of cancer to be found after lung cancer.

Statistics for 2009


Being acquainted with the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can assist in saving your life. 

Identifying early signs really improves your treatment choices, your possibility for successful treatment, and your survival, if breast cancer is in found.

Breast cancer starts with abnormal cells growing in breast tissue.

However, knowing early signs of breast cancer is important.

Early breast cancer typically doesn’t lead to pain.  But as the cancer develops, it might lead to alterations that you are supposed to observe for:

* A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
* A alteration in the size or shape of the breast
* Nipple discharge or tenderness, or the nipple pulled back into the breast
* Ridges or pitting of the breast, making the skin look like the skin of an orange
* A alteration in the look or feel of the skin of the breast, areola or nipple like warmth, swelling, redness or scaliness






Since Dec 4th, my life as I see it  has been at a stand still. I wondered if I would be here to see my grandkids grow,  would I be here to enjoy time with my oldest daughter when she moves here, would I be here on earth long enough to show my children how much I love them, and how proud I am of each one, would I be able to enjoy the retiring years with the love of my life,  would I be here to see my sister get her liver? So many thoughts and wishes for more time.

One thing for sure, I never believed  I’d hear the news I did on Dec 4 th 2010. ” We found something on your right breast. We would like to do further testing. We feel it might be breast cancer.”  My doctor told me, “prepare for the worst.”  You know what? Not once did I play that tune in my head. I always believed it was ALL a big mistake. I don’t know if I will it, as much as I believe it was all the prayers for me. I had a biopsy, and the results were NO CANCER. I can breathe again!

Thank you Lord for one more chance to get it right.


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact on life. Attitude, to me is more

important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than

circumstances, than failures, then sucesses, than what other people think or say or do. It

is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…

a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the

attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past…we cannot change the

fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing

we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that

life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we

are in charge of our Attitudes.”

 -by Charles Swindoll