Today's writing prompt is LEARN. Again, I'm taking the prompt loosely. I'm continuing from where I left off on Thursday, so if you haven't read that, you might want to go back before you read on.
Oh, and the flowers have nothing to do with the post. My husband brought these home last week "just because" and I wanted to share the blessing with you.
I was 46. No family history of cancer. This wasn't supposed to happen. Yet I knew in my heart that the biopsy would be positive.
It was. I learned for certain about a week after the biopsy, when the surgeon called to confirm what I already knew. It was DCIS, Stage 0 breast cancer. It wasn't yet invasive, thank the Lord, but it had to be treated.
This entire process, from the time I heard the words linear and microcalcifications in the same sentence, was a learning experience. The stereotactic biopsy was a new experience, of course; I didn't even know of anyone who'd had it. When I met the surgeon in her office, she explained DCIS. The cancer cells are contained within the ducts, which explains the linear pattern.
This was followed by one day of surgery, six weeks of radiation therapy, and five years of tamoxifen (which is still in progress).
Out of time again. I've got to start writing faster, or at least learn to wrap things up more elegantly!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a woman over 40, please ask your doctor if you need a mammogram. Don't let a lack of signs or symptoms be your reason for not doing it. I had absolutely no reason to think that anything was wrong until I went for that screening. This concludes the public service announcement. :)