A very exclusive club. As far as I know, the only other HU-er in it with me is IannodaTruffe. Yes, I've joined the cancer club....
I went for a routine mammogram a couple of weeks before Christmas, and got a call-back appointment really quickly. They took a load more mammograms as the machine moved across me, they kind of "slice" the tissue into bits so they can look at it from different angles. Then ultrasound, and two biopsies.
The Radiographer knew by then, I've no idea how it works, but the thing they take the biopsy with allows them to look right down into the lump. She asked me to call my husband in then she told us. Obviously, I had to wait for the full results from the biopsy, but they are not going to tell you it looks like a cancer if there is any doubt.
Good job I don't celebrate Christmas, because it would NOT have been merry chez moi.
The appointment to get my results was a very emotional one for me. There were very many frightened faces, everyone was either a "call-back" or a "results" patient. There were all ages, only about 3 or 4 ladies were older than me. There were several Muslim ladies, I wonder if they give them a female consultant out of respect for their religion? There were also several Orientals, including one man. I Googled it when I got home, I had no idea this could affect men too, apparently it is quite common but women have a much better survival rate because they know something is wrong and go to their doctors.
My consultant is a real eccentric, a true bonkers professor. he described the various stages of cancer as dogs, with a Rottweiler being the worst, apparently what I have is a Poodle. I will have a lumpectomy, and removal of some of the lymph glands, followed by three weeks of Radiotherapy.
These are the questions I asked...
Will I lose my breast? - No
Will I lose my hair? - No
Will I be able to keep running? Not for two weeks after the op, but then it's ok.
Will I be able to take the class of new runners that I have planned? Yes, after those two weeks off.
Will I be able to run my Half Marathon in March? Yes.
Should I cancel my return to France which is all booked for the middle of April? No.
I feel extraordinarily lucky, they said if I had not had 2 previous mammograms they would never have spotted such a subtle change. I Googled my consultant, I think I have been given a really top man in his field. Obviously I am not lookig forward to any of this, but I think I will be looked after very well.
So, ladies, and gents, please do your checks, don't leave anything you find that you think isn't right.
As Tim would say - keep running, keep smiling.