Sunday, January 25, 2009

Probably benign...

The blog post title here is sort of catchy...I might rename my blog using it "probably benign...

Ok, I received my final paperwork on my right breast..

On the header..."Probably benign"....

Appears to be fibroid cystic changes, with 2 fluid filled areas. I guess I need to avoid caffeine. Which is hilarious, as I require my coffee in the morning, and I do treat myself to a regular Coke daily. I heart my Coke. I do not think my caffeinne intake is out of control....I digress. It also appears that I need to take 400 Units of Vit. E a day, and now have a mammogram EVERY 6 months. I feel as though next ear I will be more practiced at it, and far less humiliated by the process. Maybe I should podcast or vlog the thing

I have struggled with fibroid cystic breast disease most of my female life, so that is not a big deal.

I was a bit flummoxed by the use of the word "probably"

for serious

14 comments:

Guard Wife said...

Oh, those doctors and their senses of humor!

The caffeine & Coke are my loves as well. It hurts me to think of you not being able to partake.

{{Hugs}}

Jen said...

I've had two "probably benign" mammograms...I have fibrocystic breasts as well, and yes, mammograms every 6 mos for the past two years. I finally stopped stressing about it when I asked my gyn, "If it were your wife, would you be worrying about her?" When he said no, I stopped worrying.

Stacy said...

I have do deal with the fibroid cystic as well. When I change doctors, they all freak out and think that I have cancer, and I have to explain that what they are seeing is normal for me. They still insist on more test, which means more money...

vet66 said...

Most women develop fibrocystic breasts as a normal part of the maturation process of life. The problem lessens with menopause.

Until then, cut down on caffeine in your coffee. You might try grinding your own coffee and mixing it half decaf with regular caffeinated. Cola drinks are not good for you at all, caffeinated or otherwise. Suggest your drink Perrier or carbonated water to get the fiz rush in your mouth. Drinking fizzy water also helps to reach your goal of drinking 64 oz. of water a day which should dilute the caffeine effects on the breast tissue and make your skin more supple.

In the vast majority of cancer cases, diagnosing it early is hugely important. My suggestion is that you worry more about heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and obesity. Breast cancer is far down on the list of things women need to worry about.

Exercise and diet are the two most important things you can do to take care of yourself.

Amritas said...

AWTM,

One word makes such a difference, doesn't it? It's chilling. As an LPN, do you think most medical folks understand the impact their wording makes?

When I was examined for something else last year, the doctor gave me a clean bill of health. No "probably." If he had said that, I would be scared even now, 8 months later. Not scared enough to cease functioning, but always knowing something's not right in the back of my mind.

I worry for you. We live in a world of uncertainty, and all I can hope is that the dice roll your way ...

Butterfly Wife said...

Well, we'll focus on the benign part.

Good luck with the caffeine cut-back.

Army Wife said...

probably is a big word...

XtnYoda said...

If they told me to cut the cafeen... I'd probably have to tell them to just go ahead and call the coroner.

Anyway... I'm remembering you in this!

God Bless!

xtnyoda aka chuck

XtnYoda said...

I'll be remembering you in this time.

liza said...

At least, it's benign!

I'm a coffee lover too so I know how hard to control this addiction.

LawRuh said...

Yep, I've heard to lower my caffeine intake (due to breasts hurting), but it's just so hard! I did let the coke go, but the coffee is just a little harder.

Jamie said...

Jeez! Do they not know that "probably" should not be used in your diagnosis?

Good luck with the caffine thing.

Bou said...

I don't do caffeine except chocolate and I have the same cyst issue. Nuts supposedly are an issue as well.

I got the probably last year during an ultrsound and an insistence to get a biopsy. Benign... except, well they don't like how it looks 'again' and now I get a note that they won't clear me until they do a better comparison from last time.

I suspect they'll cut me again. I kind of don't have time to deal with all this, as odd as that sounds. "I'm sorry, I don't have time to deal with cancer" or "I'm sorry, I don't have time to deal with the prospect of cancer" doesn't seem to float well with my docs.

Marcus said...

Dude, no one has jumped on your offer to vlog your next mammogram? HAHAHA Allow me to be the first.

I'm sure it'd be one of the highest rated vlogs ever. *snicker*

Good luck with the caffeine cut back and I hope everything works out for the best.

We need to catch up, too. Do you have time to send/read emails during the day at work?