In the summer of 2005 I noticed a small bump, close to the skin in my right breast. It was the summer my mother was dying of cancer of the pancreas. In the beginning of 2006 I had a mammogram. I then had another mammogram and an ultrasound. The radiologist said it was a sebaceous cyst. Over the next 2 years I saw my primary care physician, a breast cancer and a plastic surgeon. I planned to have the cyst removed in the fall of 2008 because I didn’t want it to rupture and create a mess. In September of 2008 we lost our health insurance. Since I had been repeatedly told that it was just a cyst and did not need to be removed, I did not have it removed.
Fast forward to 2012. The cyst had grown to the point I was worried about having a mammogram and it was ugly. In July of 2012 we were fortunate to have really good insurance again. So I had a consultation with two additional plastic surgeons. On January 31, 2013 I had the cyst removed. On Feb 5, 2013 I got the news.
My intent with this blog is to keep all the fabulous people in my life updated on the details of this journey. I don’t want anyone to think that I have taken this diagnosis lightly. Cancer is a serious disease and I am treating it with the utmost respect. Given that, we are a family that jokes and laughs and I hope you find some levity in the posts.