How early do you go for a mammogram? Since there was cancer in my family, my Doctor in Texas suggested I go when I was 42. Let me give some history as well which I will get in to more detail in some other posts. My brother Steven passed away from Leukemia when he was eight years old (I was only a year and a half old). My Baba (Ukranian grandma) passed away from breast cancer as did two of her sisters. My Papa Smurf (that’s what I called my dad) passed away from cancer in 2002 when I was only 31…….which broke my heart. Then my mama was diagnosed with cancer in May 2010. They found it when it was already in her bones, so not quite sure how it started. Then in the fall of 2013 my dads sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a lumpectomy and I’m happy to say she is doing well.
Because of so much cancer in my family, the Doctor said it was probably time that I went in for a check up.I went in for the mammogram and they found calcifications and said I needed to come back to do another mammogram and an ultra sound. I was a bit freaked out to say the least, but I stayed strong, prayed LOTS and went back.
After those results, they sent me for a stereotactic biopsy on my left breast. After I had it done, I flew to Canada as my mama was having a major surgery and I didn’t get the results until I got back…..benign. Praise God! I was so thankful and relieved. Then the surgeon told me he would like me to see an oncologist. Why I thought, it’s benign…. They said they wanted to check my hormone levels. Fair enough, however, my husband just got an onshore job and we were moving near Houston. More prayers answered and we couldn’t be more happy as we had been praying for God to open doors for him to work onshore for a few years.
We moved and I did a self referral to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as I heard they were the best. I was in within a week and they decided to do the mammogram and ultra sound again as it had almost been 6 months and they wanted their own on file. The did the mammogram and during the ultra sound decided to take two samples. One in the lymph node came back benign within 5 minutes. The other, I would have to wait for. It was also in my left breast, same as the first area they did the biopsy but a different spot.
On February 27, 2014 I got a call, telling me the biopsy came back as cancer and they wanted me to come in and we would set up appointments to see all the necessary Doctors…….that day changed my life.