Apr 17, 2002 - 11:05 pm
Hi. I'm Andrea. Just yesterday I was watching Lifetime tv about the Yme hotline. I knew that something had came up in my recent sestamebie scan that wasnt normal but I had went through 4 breast biopsies from the ages of 12 through 19 that had all proved to be fibroabnomas. I never dreamed that the doctor would today tell me that I had a positive scan. For once, the word positive wasnt a good thing. The doctor covered his bases and said I needed more testing due to the fact that I had so many lumps that were fibroabnomas but he also said this one is different and I am completely terrified.
Also I have an abnormal lump in the area of where I once had my thyroid gland. This all seems too much. Compounding it is the fact that I am about to face my 17th year since diagnosis of childhood ovarian cancer--dysgerminoma to be exact. I relapsed in 1992 so it is almost my 10th year since relapse. What a way to mark it--a possible new diagnosis of cancer and maybe even two.
I need to hear from breast cancer survivors. As I mentioned before, I have had four biopsies prove to be normal. But, before I knew this I did research. The research I have done has shown to me as horrible as breast cancer can be without actually having experienced it myself. I am afraid that I have acquainted breast cancer with a death sentence. Any survivors of however long can be an encouragement.
I've already had 15 surgeries for benign abnormalities plus the two for malignancies. I am 24 years old but not ignorant to the ways of cancer. I know Im not immune and as timne goes on, if this proves to be a malignancy of the breast I know that I will need help.
I am brave enough to list my email in hope that someone who has faced breast cancer will reply. No, I haven't heard the exact words "breast cancer" but I have heard "positive" result and I have no one to talk with me who knows what I may have to go through, or the fear of what I may face soon.
I pray that someone replies to this. I will even include email as I do not check this often. If you are a breast cancer survivor, please help me by responding. It is firstname.lastname@example.org and I check the box every day that is absolutely possible. I appreciate this more than I can say in words.