Breast cancer does not run in my family yet when you are told you have a complex breast cyst and it has to come out a tiny part of you is afraid of the “what if.”
When you are told that you have a mass and the docs have to rule out cancer through surgery, it’s like your whole world narrows down to just one body part.
Right now it’s a waiting game until next week. For the most part I am confident this will be benign but a part of me still wonders. I try to keep that nagging thought deep in the back of my mind because I simply cannot have anything else but a cyst.
I have always wondered how some people get cancer and others do not.
I just don’t know. Cancer is a monstrous life-robbing disease which affects the patient and those around them.
Am lucky I have a very loving and supporting family and my significant other will be with me every step of the way. Having the support is vital for any woman going through such a diagnosis. Even though more than likely mine is benign, knowing that a vital part of me will now be marred with a scar is daunting. But I will gladly take this scar as a badge of courage if it means getting an accurate diagnosis.
The cyst was found by accident because I do not perform self-exams and from now on I will. I highly encourage women to take the time to check themselves because it IS a matter of life and death.
Luckily complex breast cysts usually are not cancerous and because of my family history of practically all of our women having these I will simply have to deal with a temporary discomfort of having the offending perpetrator removed. But my heart goes out to all the women out there whose final diagnosis is a life-changing experience and my prayers are with each and every one of you.