Thursday, September 19, 2019

Waiting for Biopsy Results and Anxiety

Warning: Blogger is a bit crazier than usual these days, so don't expect much in the way of useful information. Just a bit of venting.

Me? Stressed??
If you or someone close to you has ever had cancer, I'm sure you are familiar with the stress that goes along with waiting for any type of test or scan results.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a CT scan which showed a tiny spot under my breast cancer arm that was not detected on my previous scan. My doctor said that he thought it was merely scarring from the lymph node removal, but after some discussion, he decided to send me for a diagnostic ultrasound.....just to be safe.

The doctor that did the ultrasound agreed that it was probably scar tissue, but given my previous bout with breast cancer and my risk for recurrence, she said that we should probably go ahead and do a biopsy. When I asked her when they would do the biopsy, she replied, " your convenience because I'm not too worried about it." I'm sure she meant well, but I was thinking, "Well, it's not YOUR body, so I'm sure it's easier for you to not be worried." However, I WAS worried, so I asked them to schedule me as soon as possible. If there is even a remote possibility that this is a recurrence, I want/need to know. And I do NOT wait well!

Apparently, I am not alone in this lack of patience, along with being very stressed while waiting for test results. I read an article that said that waiting for the results of a breast biopsy appears to affect stress hormone levels just as much as finding out you have cancer does. I don't doubt that at all.

My biopsy was on Tuesday morning. The doctor who performed my biopsy said that my oncologist would have the results in a day or two. It is now Thursday afternoon. Waiting for that phone to ring. Maybe I should call HIM??

I'll let Y'all know when I hear from my oncologist. Hopefully, it will be good news! Either way, I just need to hear SOMETHING!

While I wait, I think I will spend some time looking for online advice about how to better deal with my stress and anxiety!