Boobs, tatas, the twins, breasts...

Yes, kids I'm going to talk about boobs tonight.

Boys, this is your chance to duck out of this post. Just click the little red x in the corner and come back tomorrow. Trust me when I tell you this will not wow your inner 15 year old boy, it may instead scar you for life. I'll have something more.. um... boy friendly to discuss tomorrow. Go now...

Alright girls. I'm here to tell you. Check your boobies. You need to check them and your doctor needs to check them. Check them well and check them often.

Christmas eve eve (nothing says ho,ho,ho like a ob/gyn playing around) I went in to my ob/gyn for my annual exam. During the exam he found two lumps. One in each breast. The one on the right was quite large and had been causing me some pain (that I had basically been ignoring). The one on the left was smaller and felt like a pea. I hadn't noticed either lump because I wasn't really checking.

The doctor said "if I can feel it, I have to aspirate it."
And so we tried. In his office on January 4th. The large right side lump was a cyst and the doctor was able to drain it successfully. The nurse called it a "bra cup changer". I cried.

Dr. Meyer attempted to drain the smaller, left side lump. He couldn't get it drain and declared it a mass instead of a cyst. Well, shit.

He sent me away with orders for a mammogram and an ultrasound and told me not to wait. The hospital got me in the next day.

Going in for a mammogram at age 33 is an odd experience. I was the youngest person there by 10 years (yes, I snooped at the open computer screen.. shoot me.). The breast care center couldn't have been more wonderful though. There are no men allowed in the entire area. The tv had on chick friendly shows and the waiting room was filled with snacks, treats, coffees, teas, and no outdated Sports Illustrated.

If you've heard people complain about mammograms, don't listen to them. Well, not much anyways. I was fortunate enough to get the new machine for my mammogram. While a little pinchy it wasn't bad and the entire process only lasted about 10 minutes and only 3 of those minutes were spent being squished. Certainly nothing horrible.

The ultrasound was well... an ultrasound. Totally painless. Let's keep in mind too Girls, I had just the day before had two rather large needles stuck into my boobs. So, not a big deal at all.

The radiology doctor didn't like the look of the lump either. Fuck. She wanted to perform an ultrasound guided core biopsy. Alrighty then, lets stick more needles into my boobs.

The next Tuesday (this past Tuesday the 11th) I had my core biopsy. Again, so not a big deal. Basically painless. I was restricted for lifting for 24 hours so Mom took Kate and Scott stayed in bed for the day but I really felt fine. The most uncomfortable part was the compression dressing they put on that felt like a very large, misplaced piece of underwire digging into me.

I was told I would hear test results either yesterday or today at the latest. My constant companion (the black cloud) insured that I had to wait until today to get my test results.
The words "benign fibroid adenoma" are such sweet, magical words.

There will be a 6month follow up mammogram and ultrasound and then for the rest of my life I will have mammograms every year if not every six months.

I have an extensive family history of breast cancer. I've lost family from it and I have family that have survived it. I know that should my good news ever change to bad news I will have caught it early because I will forever be obsessed with checking on my tatas.

I encourage you to do the same. The hardest part of this entire nightmare has been the waiting. None of the procedures were hard, painful or all that traumatic. The worrying, waiting and knowing that the few people that knew about this were worried too, was by far the worst part.

I feel poorly for not sharing this with you all in real time. I share so easily with Scott but I just couldn't. I couldn't handle the "pressure" of sharing. I needed to handle it on my own, in my own way, in my own time.

Take one thing from my story, go play with your boobs. Knowing that if things were bad, I caught it early was the only thing that kept me sane.

So, go forth and play. Then call your doctor and ask them to play too.

Brandi aka
Lumpy Boobs

Colleen  – (January 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM)  

Oh B, I am so sorry you went through this. I figured something was up with you and was wondering if you were ok. I had a similar experience a couple of years ago and it was the same time period Christmas - ruined the whole thing for me as I was just a mess. I had the mammo, ultrasound and then the MRI. For me nothing was found on the MRI. I had pain and she called it "ridging". It was the worst thing so I know how you are feeling. I had myself dead and buried!!! So glad you got the good news. Hang in there girl!

Anonymous –   – (January 15, 2011 at 7:16 AM)  

Thankful for the good news. Sorry you had to wait and worry. I'll go play with myself soon, gladly. Thanks for the reminder. Ann

Justyn's Mommy  – (January 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM)  

I am so glad everything turned out for you. I know exactly what you went through because I went through it 2 years ago. Very scary.

missy dappen  – (January 15, 2011 at 9:39 PM)  

So glad it turned out ok, Brandi! It's important to remember to take care of yourself while carrying the world on your shoulders!

Thanks for sharing your story (stories) as a reminder to all of us to do a little preventative health check!

Anonymous –   – (January 16, 2011 at 1:01 AM)  

Thank God everything is ok.I had that happen to me about 6 years ago and it was okay.I went for my mammo on Sat.The new mammos are so easy as opposed to 10 years ago where they really squished you.Never a dull moment.Take care Nancy

BigDan  – (January 17, 2011 at 7:13 AM)  

Just a professional comment: Guys need to be concerned about breast cancer too. Since it is often ignored, by the time most breast cancer in men is found, nothing can be done. BTW... Brandi, I am glad your tatas are OK!!! :)

Anonymous –   – (January 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM)  

Brandi, Just got back on your blog today. You are not the only one who has had an early mammogram. Keep in mind that I am almost 41 and believe it or not I had my first one when I was 32. I was experiencing some pain and Aunt Sheryll and Aunt Marie and both just been diagnosed. Everything turned out fine for me too. You did the right thing, when something seems wrong go with your instincts. As for sharing only with Scott, that is what he is there for and we aren't always ready to share with others right away. Glad everything turned out okay. I've had 4 mammograms since I turned 32.
All my love, Tracey

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