I inherited my mother's hazel eye color.
Her good taste for expensive fabrics, color, and fashion.
Her ability to listen with empathy during a conversation.
Her excellent cooking, decorating and entertaining skills.
This week I am waiting to see if I inherited her gene for Breast Cancer.
My parents first Christmas in their new home 1952
My doctors have kept a watchful eye on me since I found the first lump in my breast at age 29. Every year since then I have gone for annual mammograms. Some years they found a cyst that was easily aspirated with a needle using ultra sound technology. I had a sense of joy and relief as I watched the cyst collapse when drained.
For the past few years tiny white specks of calcium were pointed out to me on my mammogram films. Often I got as far as the last office to the exit only to have to go back for another mammogram just to make sure it was all clear. I am no stranger to wondering which way the door would open. For years I wondered would I be spending the fall at Buffalo State College or would I go directly to Roswell Park Cancer Institute? Believe me, it was with a sense of joy and appreciation when I made the calls to loved ones from the parking lot waiting to hear I got the all clear.
This summer has been a little different. Since August 3, 2010 things have begun to change. This time the doctor said, " Carol, I have a little concern about the growing cluster of calcium specks showing up. Let's get a needle biopsy today to be sure." She said the was no lump but to be on the safe side I needed a Needle Biopsy to examine a little tissue. Since I have been proactive about my health in general I was happy to work with the technicians to make everything go a quickly and smoothly as possible.
Fred was 5, I was almost 3 and Mark was just under 1 year old.
My mother went on to live 35 more years after her breast cancer treatment and she did not die from cancer. This information has been a message of hope and inspiration to many women in their battle against cancer.
Yesterdays my MRI showed a small lump, not fluid, this time in my left breast.
Tomorrow morning I will have a MRI Needle Directed Biopsy will let me know if the cells in this lump are benign or not.
Most cases of breast cancer occur 'by chance'. However, breast cancer does occur more often than usual in some families because of their genetic make-up.
Barry, Kara, Me and Jim September 1, 2010