Benign. Its small its concise and it packs a lot of meaning into its 6 letters. That little word holds in it relief, a return to life “as normal”, moving on, peace, celebration.
I hadn’t really wanted to blog about this til I had more information. Had my first mammogram this year because I turned 40 and it was the thing to do. Got a call that they needed a follow up to get better pictures. I just figured the radiologist had a fettish(sp?). Anyway, they did find some very small calcifications which I understand are about 80-90% of the time harmless. They did a surgical biopsy over the weekend and I’ve been waiting for the pathology report. Got it today and it came back benign. I will say that the doctors and nurses that dealt with me were amazing. They were professional and very sensitive about the “womanness” of the situation. I was surprised at how big an impact this had on me from a woman’s perspective. I was fairly confident that the tests would come back ok but I still felt a little violated at the idea of surgery-however minor- on my breast.
My heart breaks for the 10-20% who didn’t hear that word. I hope those women have as incredible a support system as I do surrounding me with prayer and offers of help. I did get a lot of information and peace of mind from the Susan G. Komen website. As things come to me, maybe I can share more. Right now I’m thankful.