There are few methods of determining breast cancer except mammograms, breast exams and self-exams. If there is any unusual appearances or lumps or pains or discharges, etc. this would be an indication that there is a problem. Not all of these necessarily would indicate cancer, but they are a way the body tries to alert us when something is amiss.
Hopefully the biopsy will help give more information as to the aggressive nature of the tumor, etc. This will help determine the best treatment plan.
Good luck to Mom ...Will will keep her in out thoughts...And you as well!
One thing I neglected to mention (although it was among my first thoughts at the time)...My suspicion would be a cyst of some sort. Just a guess, but a definite possibility.
I can appreciate the problem you would have being physically involved with Mom's care, and am very glad you all are her "team"...Yes, if you could freely call the medical folks involved or they you, it would keep you up to date despite the challenges. It would also allow you to ask the questions you have and others might not have thought of...Again, "team" involvement!
I can appreciate how concerned you must be...Sometimes it is easier to be the one directly involved than to be on the sidelines and holding your breath!
OK...generally what you write is encouraging. (This does NOT mean everything is fine and there is no possibility of cancer...Simply that the symptoms are not flying red flags just now.) First, generally pain is not associated with cancer. (Again, I am not ruling it out...simply stating what generally happens.) If it has shrunk (and it sounds like your poor mom has had everyone in the family prodding her lump!), that is a good sign.
At her age if it is malignant, the likelihood is that it would not be a very aggressive tumor so time would definitely be on her side.
A negative US is good...Following it up with a mammogram is definitely good!! Limbo is a nasty neighborhood!! Avoid that whenever you can!
Now, why are you not more directly involved? Is distance a problem? If so, can you get your Mom to tell her medical team to share her results with you so that you don't have to learn everything second-hand?
Please keep us updated on how she (and you!) are doing. OK? Sending good thoughts her way!!
I'm so glad we touched base! I was afraid you wouldn't check back or would have checked back when my response was deleted! But no worries!
Many congrats on that grand baby!! Isn't being a Grand parent amazing???? And no one could ever have expressed to you how miraculous it is, could they? It's like this special present that you had no idea would one day come your way!
I think you are asking about JD (Jaydee)? No, he and his lady did not as yet get married...They got engaged and then he had some health issues so they put it off...After that I guess they both decided that what they had was just fine as it was, and have been sharing life most enjoyably for all these years! Good to see them both happy!!
Helene, if I had your email I would try and connect you with the gang who now has taken up residence on a private room on Facebook. I know you would be amazed to visit with familiar names and "faces" and they with you! If you click on my name, it will take you to my WebMD info and you will find my email there. If you then send me your email, I will give you the info on FB if you are interested. Either way, it is sure nice hearing from you. Take care.
Helena, you had recently written asking if any of the old crowd are still here...specifically you asked about me. I replied but for some reason WebMD has deleted it...and I didn't even say one nasty word! No idea why but I did wan tot try again to tell you that I do remain here and post from time to time, but most of the old crowd has left. If I had your email I could explain a bit better.
Hi Helene! This is Rachael. Yes, most of the gang is not on here any longer...Too many changes with the site I fear. I only keep an eye out and lend a hand to a few who seem in need. But how wonderful to see you on here!! How are you doing??? I hope you have come here because you were wishing to touch base and not due to any new problems!!
So glad to hear you "talked" to them and that you will be seen tomorrow!
It is my feeling that most likely it is not inflammatory breast cancer as what you describe does not sound like any who have been so diagnosed described for themselves. That being said, it is very wise to rule that out and to find out the cause. My guess would lean more toward a cyst.
Please know you will be in our thoughts. And do come back and let us know how you are doing!
Geeze! Having the problems to begin with is bad enough, but your concern re: a bullet proof vest certainly adds a new dimension that few of us face!
I have no personal experience to offer, but I can tell you that with surgery...especially any extensive surgery, the nerves go on a merry adventure...They can be cut and bruised and mangled. And after such an assault, it frequently takes considerable time for them to recover. My DH had extensive neck and back surgery and for a long time everything was very numb....Gradually, as the nerves regenerated, they would let him know by way of discomfort or pain or itching...All a part of the process.
I have no idea how long it might take for your nerves to begin to calm down, but I can tell you that it took considerable time for my husband's...However, please know that it was not all a painful experience. Gradually it lessened and it became almost a game as to what might "come back" each day!
All that being said, please check with your medical team!! They need to be fully updated as to your progress. And they might even offer suggestions as to what might make it better for you!!
In the meantime, please know that you will be in our thoughts and keep us apprised on how you are doing.
And...Thank you for the job you are doing as a police officer...It is appreciated!!