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Today's writing prompt is VIEW, and I'm following it loosely!
I wasn't worried. I'd just had my seventh annual mammogram, and I was getting called back for more images. The radiologists who read the initial images wanted to see more views. This had happened before and everything was fine. I knew that was usually what happened.
This time was different. The mammographer took some images, showed them to the doctor, then took some more. Some of those compression views were downright painful. This went on for ... I don't know, maybe six times back and forth? Finally the mammographer took me to a tiny conference room and said that the doctor would be right in. That was something new.
I was thankful that my husband was in the waiting room, and I asked to see him. He was with me when the doctor returned. She said that I had microcalcifications in a linear pattern. She couldn't be certain whether it was benign or malignant, so I'd need a biopsy.
I took the films home that day. That night I removed them from the folder and viewed them, over and over. I searched online--don't do that when you have medical questions--and found images that looked much like mine. That's when I knew.
I'm out of time, so I'll pick this up either tomorrow or Saturday. In the meantime, if you are a woman over the age of 40, please ask your doctor if you should have a mammogram!