On an e-list I belong to, one of the members mentioned she is going to have to have a needle-biopsy for a breast mass. I wrote that of course I would pray for her, and that I was reminded of my own experience with a breast lump when I was in my mid-30’s. With fairly small children.
As a nurse I thought I was OK with it, and was scheduled for a lumpectomy with frozen section – and if I woke up with my breast it was benign. OK. So what? I’m through having kids. If it’s a mastectomy I have the best breast surgeon in Atlanta and I’ll get a great prosthesis.
Yeah, right! Two days before the scheduled surgery, I was giving a continuing ed presentation for some public health nurses in DeKalb County and I got to hyperventilating – felt like I was going to faint! I actually had to take a break, ask for a paper bag and breathe in it for a while. Had to admit to that whole room of nurses that I was a little more worried about that surgery than I wanted to admit. Then I had all 30 nurses hovering over me (which was sweet, but I was embarrassed beyond belief).
It was a fibroma – benign – but obviously it was a scare. So my prayers are very much with my friend. And my suggestion for women in this situation is to carry a little paper bag with them in case they hyperventilate <smile>! And to keep a positive attitude!