Hello! Sorry I didn’t pop up a post earlier this morning, but I’ve sort of been stressing about a health related issue I haven’t blogged about….
A couple of weeks ago I found a lump on my breast and last Friday I finally went to the doctor to have it checked out. My doctor thought it could be Paget’s disease (don’t Google it, the pictures are gross), a form of breast cancer, so he referred me to a cancer specialist who I saw today.
Needless to say I’ve been just a little bit stressed out / not sleeping well / etc. Last night I was just too exhausted and anxious to run or blog.
This morning I had an appointment with the specialist to have my lump biopsied. The doctor I saw today said he doesn’t think it’s Paget’s, but rather a type of skin cancer.
This is really good news! (Probably, anyway.)
The doctor said we have to wait until the test results come back, but that the procedure for what he thinks it is will be really simple. I’ll basically just go into the hospital for a day to have the lump removed, have a bit of cosmetic surgery (due to the placement of the lump) and then I’ll go home and be back to normal!
I’m not totally out of the clear yet for anything really bad, but the doctor I saw today IS a cancer specialist and he said he is not worried.
“Kristina, I’m not worried so I don’t want you to worry” were the doctor’s exact words.
I’m trying to follow that advice!
I do think it is a little weird to possibly have skin cancer on my breast as I’m not really the sunbathing topless type, but I have learned that not all skin cancer comes from sun exposure!
I didn’t ask the doctor about how this will impact running because I was thinking about a million other things and also feeling relief in knowing that it’s probably not breast cancer. I guess I might have to back out of the Fort Lauderdale half if I have to have surgery soon, but maybe not? I’ll know more after the test results come back.
Hey, maybe it will be nothing serious at all! There’s always a chance!
Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
Also, please go to the doctor if you ever notice any weird lumps/bumps/moles/weird things. After I finally saw my primary doctor last Friday and he said the word “cancer” I really wished I had gone as soon as I noticed something was wrong!