Friday, August 9, 2013

Mammogram Stress Relieved??

I haven't be able to write lately. I had been so stressed over my diagnostic mammogram - the unknown of why they wanted me to come back, the fear of what they were going to tell me. Then, when they told me it was "something that meant nothing, come back in 6 months" well, that just caused more stress, even though I don't have cancer!

It appears that I have a growth that is 7 mm in size that appears to be an abnormal lymph node in my breast. This abnormality could mean nothing, but it could mean that the lymph node is fighting something they don't see. They want me to come back in 6 months.

In dealing with getting the insurance all worked out, my insurance specialist informed me that there are several hospitals, including the one I went to, that are working a sort of scam where they tell people they need to go in for re-scans every 6 months, and that these diagnostic scans are not covered by insurance and they end up paying for them out of pocket, like I had to for the one I just had and the one I will take in 6 months.

So, here I am now, wondering if the 7 mm abnormality is actually something that needs to be watched or if it was just a way for the imaging center to earn income. Breast Cancer SCARES me - I know way to many people affected by it not to be scared. I am going to get my scan in 6 months, and see where it goes from there.

But, I am spinning. I don't even know how to stop spinning - so I am going to dedicate the rest of the year to raising awareness. In talking to my friends, many of them have similar diagnoses, and they are all getting their scans as directed. I just don't know what to think.....

Anyone else out there with these issues???

Thanks for reading! ~ Deanna