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it's just one thing after another

Watched most of Under the Mistletoe, a new Lifetime movie that Michael Shanks is in. It was so awful, and there wasn't even enough Shanks screen time to make it worth it. And, much to my chagrin, he was billed first, but he was only on screen maybe half an hour total, of two-hours-with-ads movie. Mom tossed me out fifteen minutes to the end, but I had been taping it since I hadn't expected to get to watch it "live" at all. I'll probably fast-forward through all but the bits where he's on tomorrow and then watch the end. He is really hot on ice skates, though. Why am I such a fangirl?

So, the medical thing. Have had a mass in my right breast for about a year, and finally got around to having an ultrasound to figure out what it was (well, I tried in October, but I'm not hauling out to Largo to get poked at). It was kinda ouchie, especially since I'm on the rag, so even putting my bra on hurts, but the radiology doc said it was most likely a fibroadenoma. According to the American Cancer Society's site,

Fibroadenomas are benign tumors made up of both glandular breast tissue and stromal (fibroconnective) tissue. They are most common in young women in their twenties and thirties, but they may occur at any age. Some fibroadenomas are too small to feel and can be seen only under the microscope, but some are several inches across. They tend to be round and have borders that are distinct from the surrounding breast tissue, so they often feel like a marble within the breast. Some women have only one fibroadenoma, but others may have several. Fibroadenoma can be easily diagnosed by fine needle aspiration or needle core biopsy.

Many doctors recommend removing fibroadenomas, especially if they continue to grow or if they change the shape of the breast. Sometimes (especially in middle aged or elderly women) these tumors will stop growing or even shrink on their own, without any treatment. In this case, as long as the doctors are certain the masses are really fibroadenomas and not breast cancer, surgery to remove them may not be needed. This approach is useful for women with many fibroadenomas that are not growing. In such cases, removing them all might mean removing a lot of nearby normal breast tissue, causing scarring that would change the shape and texture of the breast. This could also make future physical examination and mammograms harder to interpret. But, it is important for women who do not have fibroadenomas removed to have a breast physical exam at regular intervals to make sure the mass is not continuing to grow. Sometimes one or more new fibroadenomas will grow after one is removed. This simply means that another fibroadenoma has formed and not that the old one has come back.

They actually found three or four other smaller ones, so that's theoretically reassuring. My largely-irrational fear that it's breast cancer is somewhat gone. I just don't need more pokey needle things right now.

And, to top it off, the calendar said this today:

You see, we are all dying. It's only a matter of time. Some of us just die sooner than others. ~ Dudjam Rinpoche

Dude, what the hell?


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Dec. 5th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
*Huggles* Glad to hear it's not anything awfully horrible, albeit uncomfortable.

Dear melayneseahawk's calendar,

Please discontinue the emo, bad poetry quotes or I will be forced to reduce you to kindling via birthday cake candles. You know, the ones that never go out even if you blow on them a bazillion times and annoy all the little children who are losing patience for cake with every futile puff of breath. Also, anything from a person named Dudjam Rinpoche is flagrantly fallacious. In conclusion: WTF, mate?

Pyromaniacal love,
Dec. 5th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's at it again. Today's:

A monk asked Tung-shan: "When cold and heat come along, how can I avoid them?"

Tung-shan said: "Why not go where there is neither cold nor heat?"

"Where is there neither cold nor heat?"

Tung-shan said: "When it is cold, let the cold kill you. When it is hot, let the heat kill you."

Dude, calendar, not on.
Dec. 5th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
i love you, gorgeous. i'm glad you're okay, and i wish your calendar would be nicer to you.
Dec. 5th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
*huggles* love you, too
Dec. 6th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Heh, glad to hear it's not malignant? Seriously, breast cancer at your age would be a definate medical oddity, though even a benign tumor is kinda strange. Oddly enough, you're the second person I know from our high school to have a fibroadenoma (well, we think it is anyway). You gonna get it (well, them) removed?
Re: the calendar: wtf, dude. Thanks for the statement of the obvious Dudjam. Fun name though. (Sings) "Dudjaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam...."
Get a happier calendar. A Daily Show one, perhaps.
Dec. 6th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Well, am meeting with the surgeon next week (two days after the ablation), and she'll want to get a biopsy done to make sure it's benign. Then I'll probably be getting the big one out, at least. The little ones are only noticable on an ultrasound, but the big one is, well, big.

Re: calendar, I'm considering the "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" grammar one, because I am a geek.
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