Friday, July 22, 2011

UPDATE AND FAF

MAMMOGRAM UPDATE:

If you don't have time to read this or are here for Fat Ass Friday I want you to know that all is well and I do not have breast cancer. Thank God for the blessing he has given to me. I talk to God each day but I was truly being a pest the last few weeks with this recheck hanging over my head.

Normally my mind is writing blogs in my head each day. The last few weeks I have gone from being dead & buried to being a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery with new smaller perky breasts. I am not making light of this, I know several people who are breast cancer survivors, those who lost their lives and those whose cancer has recently returned. My heart aches for them, I pray for them all the time. I also support several cancer research centers with donations.

Maybe 15 years ago my MIL and I were talking about breast cancer and other female cancers. We were actually talking about medication for menopause at the time. She mentioned to me that the first thing they do is take woman off of birth control pills and hormone replacements pills. (I'm not sure if this is still true) I often wondered if these diseases are more prevalent because of the use of these medications. Maybe, maybe not. I also thought that maybe I wouldn't get breast cancer because I was only on birth control pills for one year. I had reactions and at that time, 40 years ago, they didn't have the options of all the varieties available today. Also I did not use hormone replacement therapy to go through menopause. I am a firm believer that if our ancestor could do without it so could I! We also do not have any breast cancer in the family but I also don't know my mothers history after age 56 since she passed away.

So when I went on Tuesday for the mammogram I was really nervous. Yet in my head I knew that I most likely would not know anything for at least a week. I hate that! So I got called in and the mammogram was done on my left side with more intense/close up pictures taken. The woman said I will take these to the doctor to make sure we don't have to do more, just wait here. So I waited, then she came to get me telling me that my ultrasound would be next and that the doctor should have the results in about one week and they will send me a letter also.


So I am sitting in this long hallway, only one chair, waiting for my ultrasound. I hear the doctor in the room with a woman telling her that there is nothing to worry about at this point, we will check again in six months. I was sitting there thinking that that was pretty good news, wonder if I will be so lucky. Doctor went back to his own office and the technician went in to drop off some paperwork to him. (Yes, they keep a doctor on staff so no one has to go home and wonder. Whether it is good news or bad news they tell you on the spot what they know according to what they see) So as the tech is closing the door to the doctors office I hear him say "I don't see what they think they saw on Pucci." I got a little excited but knew that the I still needed to have the ultrasound.

So here I am like I said, all alone in this long hallway sitting in the one and only chair when Wendy the technician came out. I had to laugh because she asked for Deborah Pucci like she was speaking to a large waiting room full of people. I kinda waved my arms and said here I am, in a joking way. So the ultrasound was done and I was so worried. It seems like it took forever and I kept feeling some pain as she pressed over certain areas. I thought this is going to show something. So she was done, took the pictures to the doctor and then they both came in the room.

He said you have a very tiny cyst that is benign and it is nothing to worry about. I told him that I had a cyst removed from my right breast 25 years ago. He said they have learned a lot since then and don't remove them anymore. He told me just follow up with my yearly mammograms.

I thanked him, he left the room and I started to cry. I could not believe the gift that God gave to me. I do believe things like this give you a different look at your life and what you need to do to improve it so you can live longer. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.


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I haven't been around in awhile. I am not really working as hard on this weight loss as I should be. I was a bit disappointed when I got home from my 3 weeks in Europe. I thought after being so active each day, walking an average of 4 hours a day I thought I would have lost some weight. I didn't even eat that much while I was gone, food just wasn't a priority for me which is unusual. I did have a dessert with dinner on the days that I was actually out having dinner. Remember I was alone a lot and often just grabbed something quick to eat. Well I weighed exactly the same thing when I came home.(206) Maybe I lost some inches! So I am trying to watch what I eat and make better choices since I've been home. I have managed to drop 6 pounds!

Starting weight ~ 212
May 13th ~ 206
July 22nd ~ 200
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Total lost ~ 12


32 comments:

Renee said...

Praise the Lord.
Debby some do not realize how IMPORTANT having your yearly check ups are...

Joanne said...

Thank God!!!!!
I had breast cancer three years ago and had a mastectomy. I thank God each and every day that he let me stay with my kids and husband. I wrote about it during the a to Z challenge in april
http://10minutes2breathe.blogspot.com/2011/04/o-is-for-operation.html

http://10minutes2breathe.blogspot.com/2011/04/p-is-for-pause.html

http://10minutes2breathe.blogspot.com/2011/04/q-is-for-quiet-wait.html

I hate cancer with all my heart. I have known so many with it and who have died from it. I am so grateful that you are OK. Wish I could give you a big hug!
Blessings, Joanne

LynnMarie said...

I'm so glad that you had the check up and all is good! God is wonderful! Keep your yearly check ups. It can be scary to have them done, but the truth is always better to know. I'm proud of you.

Just Be Real said...

Praise God for the good news Debby! Blessings.

Sonya said...

Oh such good news!!

Renegades said...

good job on the weight loss! It is so hard and you are doing great!

Kathy said...

I'm so glad your news was good! I, too, had a similar scare almost two years ago. It stops you dead in your tracks, doesn't it? It will soon be time for my checkup again, and I'm beginning to get nervous again...

I do take compounded HRT because I had a hysterectomy at an early age. The dosage was cut way back two years ago, and probaby needs to be cut out pretty soon.

Congrats on losing 6 lbs. I like to think of myself as "pleasantly plump". LOL By the way, I weigh 1/4 lb more than you do!

Pen Pen said...

Debby, so happy for your good report. I went through something similar last year. While I was lying on the table getting my ultrasound, I was thinking to myself "soon I will be lying here getting chemotherapy... I can do this". Thankfully, mine was negative, too. (I was at a brand new breast cancer center and later decided they were bringing everyone back to help pay for the center... ha ha... shame on me!)

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

Yay!

Yay on the good report for your recheck. I had to have a recheck a few years back, and it is a scary time.

And yay! on the 12 lbs. gone. I know you're disappointed that you didn't lose anything when you were on your trip, but perhaps it was inches lost ... and more pounds will follow soon. {{hug}}

Trisha Larson said...

Praise God for that one! Woo Hoo! Life can change in an instant and I'm so glad that you don't have to walk that path.

Hugs,
Trisha

ps- Good job on the weight loss :)

Michelle said...

Praise the Lord you do not have breast cancer.

I am now going through menopause and so far choosing to stay off meds for it.

Congratulations on the 6 pounds lost.
I try to exercise every day and eat less. However I haven't lost much. People keep asking if I have lost weight. Me knowing I haven't lost enough to tell so perhaps I'm toning up.

Randi Troxell said...

amen and praise the LORD!!
i am SO HAPPY that your news was good news!!

now.. you can have a beautiful wkend!!!

Tami said...

Woo Hoo for clear mammogram results! I've been in that position and those wonderful words from the doctor make you want to jump for joy and sign praises!!

As for Fat-Ass Friday - I had to just roll on the floor. Any woman who can laugh at herself enough to join a group with that name is my kind of gal. And believe me I understand the struggles of weight loss at this stage of life. Ugh! Hang in there. You're doing great.

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Thank God for blessing. That is wonderful news my friend. I am so glad you are ok. It is nice that they tell you right there instead of sending you home not knowing.
Congratulations on your 6 pounds! You go girl!!!!

Katherine said...

Thank goodness! I know how scary that can be. I once had to have a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. It was very scary. Then I had to go back every 6 months for two years. It was SCARY! So glad yours turned out well!

12 lbs! You should be very proud! And I bet you gained some muscle doing all that walking. You know what they say. Muscle weighs more than fat.

CRY said...

I wish I could have been there to support you and wipe your tears with a fun hankee.
I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND, SO MUCH.
thank you for the goodies, you are so good to me!
xoxoxxo

Cherie said...

I am so glad your mammogram turned out fine. The things are bodies do can sometimes be so nervewracking!! Holy moly!!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

God is Good!

I've had to sit in those chairs, while waiting for "someone" in the dark recesses of the clinic looks at images that have the power to change my life forever. It's a horrible feeling. I'm so happy they keep a doctor in the building now - having to go home and wait is just about unbearable.

So so happy for you!

secret agent woman said...

Every time I have a mammogram they see something that concerns them and send me for an US. I go through the same thing in my mind every time. It's grueling. And since my mother had breast cancer twice (and since I had cervical cancer), I worry. It's grueling.

secret agent woman said...

Oh, and I meant to say, I'm very glad it's a benign cyst!

Mary said...

Oh, Debbie! So glad for the good results!
Congrats on the weight loss! 12 pounds total and you went on a couple of vacations! Good girl!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Way to go Debby!!! You know I think your so brave to put your weight out there I so need to maybe that would be the thing that really lite the fire under my butt!

You rock!!!

Trennia said...

Praise the Lord your ultrasound was good!

UnicycleRose said...

GreatBoob-A and Boob-B news!

nancygrayce said...

So thankful for you! I've been through so many of those test, two biopsies and many ultrasouns and the last year and a half 3 MRI's! If I don't have something, they're trying to radiate it into me! I don't worry anymore, but I remember the first bad pap test I had and thinking oh, this is it!

My MIL had breast cancer 3 years ago and they test you to see if it is hormone receptive. Hers was so she was taken off hormones. I'll be on hormones all my life if I have a say in it.....:)

Unknown Mami said...

Wonderful happiness!!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I am SO happy to hear your good news!! fantastic!!

Brandy@YDK said...

I'm so relieved with your good news! That's so scary. And you can't help but think of all the scenarios when facing a situation like that.

Congrats on your loss!

Holly said...

So very happy for a good mammo! and US too!! Wonderful, wonderful news!!!

Kerri said...

so glad everything came out ok!
awesome on the weight loss too
i have been busy with my mom coming home and packing for vacation that i totally missed it this week

Tonja said...

Praise the Lord! God is good!

Kristin - The Goat said...

I didn't realize (since I've been absent from your blog for so long) that you actually had a breast cancer concern. I'm so very grateful that you got an answer fairly quick. Congrats to you.

I have found that on long trips like that, I don't see the weight loss until I come home and all of the water gain (my feet swell something awful) goes away. Then I see the loss. No matter, it sounds like you really are doing a great job. 12 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!

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