This post has nothing to do with lupus. It is about my wife Laura. Yesterday we got some disturbing new from her doctor. Her left breast has been in extreme pain for the last few weeks and her breast has swollen from D to E cup size. For her to wear a bra is intolerable, and just normal movement from walking cause extreme pain. She has a red ring around her nipple and her nipple is swollen to about the size of the end of a thumb. (Her normal nipple size is about the size of a pencil eraser). They think she may have Paget's Disease? Sending her to a specialist
I googled what Paget's Disease is, I copied and pasted it.
Paget's disease of the nipple is a rare form of breast cancer in which cancer cells collect in or around the nipple. The cancer usually affects the ducts of the nipple first (small milk-carrying tubes), then spreads to the nipple surface and the areola (the dark circle of skin around the nipple). The nipple and areola often become scaly, red, itchy, and irritated.
According to the National Cancer Institute, Paget's disease of the nipple accounts for less than 5% of all breast cancer cases in the United States. Being aware of the symptoms is important, given that more than 97% of people with Paget's disease also have cancer, either DCIS or invasive cancer, somewhere else in the breast. The unusual changes in the nipple and areola are often the first indication that breast cancer is present.
About a month ago she started lactating, she is 53 years old and had to have a complete hysterectomy about 25 years ago, she will occasionally drip from her right nipple. She takes hormone but, other test showed that her thyroid is not working, they think this imbalance of hormones is causing this? That is the 2 medical issue.
If all of this is not bad enough another doctor called yesterday afternoon and set up an appointment for her with a cardiologist. Her heart echo cardiogram came back abnormal.
She has always been here to support and take care of me, I WILL DO THE SAME FOR HER!
She is my life and I love her so much!
As you can see in the photo, she supports me having to go barefoot, she goes barefoot also!