Oct 10, 2013 - 11:52 am
It’s been a stressful past couple of months. Out of the blue, a big patch of redness appeared on my left breast. Absolutely no other symptoms – no pain, no warmth, no change in the skin or nipple. Just red.
My oncologist thought it might be a Tamoxifen rash, so had me go off Tamoxifen for a few weeks – no change. No worse, but no better either.
I could see that now my oncologist was worried – he sent me to the surgeon for a second opinion, and I could see worry in his face, too. So, on Monday, he did a skin punch biopsy – a walk in the park compared with a core needle biopsy, but I did need a couple of stitches.
And then the waiting. As you all know so well, I didn’t breathe for the next 48 hours. I don't know what I accomplished at work the past 2 days, or remember any conversations I had -- I have no idea.
Thankfully, my surgeon called me with the good news last night – BENIGN! I realized this is the first biopsy I’ve ever had that didn’t come back positive – I didn’t know what to do!
My surgeon thinks I may have breast lymphedema – I see him on Monday to get the stiches out, and we’ll talk then about what next steps I should take. But – for today – I don’t have cancer. I’ll take it.