wide-eyed at 4am


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I was negligent in keeping up with my regular mammograms. When I went this year, it was after far too wide of a gap. I consistently excused myself by saying that I didn’t “feel” anything. Finally, after noticing a shape change and consulting with my GP during a physical exam, I scheduled an appointment to get things checked out. By the way, my GP didn’t feel anything that she considered to be concerning either. It wasn’t until my oncology surgeon examined me on May 29 that anyone expressed feeling even a “difference” in the way underlying tissue felt.

This is a knock in the head that just feeling for a lump isn’t good enough. What I have doesn’t create a mass that is detectable as a lump. Only the pictures caught it. Got it?


Author: jillpurdy

A few months ago I wasn't but now I'm a statistic. That doesn't define me. I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, a step mom, a grandmother, a friend and a Christian. I will continue to love exercise, music, cooking and food, and my family and friends. I'm stubborn, energetic, giving and too OCD for my own good sometimes. And I'm going to stay this way - despite cancer and the treatments that it takes to give it the royal beatdown.

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