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What If I have Breast Cancer?


I had my second mammogram a few weeks ago. I only get them every two years as there’s no history of breast cancer in my family. My first one didn’t show any abnormalities so I figured this one would be the same. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone call asking me to come in for an ultrasound, that there was something the radiologist found that needed further examination.

I don’t think there are any words to explain what went through my mind. It was like a rug had been pulled out from under me. As an anatomy professor, I know that many things found in the mammogram end up being false positives. But even knowing this, I was terrified. All those What If? questions running through my mind…

The day of the ultrasound came and I walked in alone. Probably one of the worst things about being single is having to do things like this alone. It would be nice to have that special someone by my side, to hold me and tell me everything is going to be okay. The radiologist came in and began taking images. I could see right away the area of concern: a small mass of tissue that wasn’t going the same direction as the rest of the breast tissue. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cancerous, but it’s definitely something abnormal.

This afternoon I’m having a biopsy done to determine whether or not the mass in benign or cancerous. This time my mom is going with me. Not sure I could do this on my own. I’ve been trying not to worry and keep telling myself that the results will show that the mass is benign, and yet that voice, that insidious voice…What If? 

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7 Comments on “What If I have Breast Cancer?”

  1. 22niel October 7, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Good luck!
    And hey, even if it is cancer you caught it early. I believe breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers when caught soon enough.

    • drshaywest October 7, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      That’s what I’m hoping. It’s so small it can’t even be felt. Just praying it’s a benign fibrous mass

  2. Laura October 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Be strong. I’m thinking about you and sending good bibes

  3. jamiewauthor October 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Sending lots of love and prayers your way.

  4. Cara Michaels October 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Love you, Shay. Sending hugs and prayers. ❤

  5. eleanorparkersapia October 8, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, Shay.

  6. critesjudy9754 October 8, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Sending prayers Shay…

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