This Is What Happens When One Test Leads To AnotherAngela Banker
This last year, life has been throwing me a few curve balls. Itâ€™s never fun when that happens since these curveballs seem to be more discouraging than positive in nature.
Over time, I have come to expect the unexpected. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer it was considered pre-cancer. By the time I had my bi-lateral mastectomies that diagnosis changed. I went from DCIS â€“ Stage 0, to Lobular Cancer â€“ Stage 1. I never expected there to be a surprise, but there I was sitting there at a follow-up appointment learning the news. I wasnâ€™t devastated by the news given to me. I wasnâ€™t even shocked.
I learned to take things in stride after that. One of my life mottos became â€śAlways Expect the Unexpected.â€ť Itâ€™s not the best way to live, but it works for me. So when I had my hip MRI to see what was causing so much pain, I wasnâ€™t shocked to hear other issues may be going on. There was an increase in bone density, believed to be a bone island. However, because of my breast cancer history, a bone scan was needed. The concern of cancer came back immediately.
Also present on that MRI was what they believed to be cysts on an ovary and a fibroid in my uterus. Both are not uncommon in your child-bearing years. Again, this was a concern due to my cancer history and warranted a further investigation. A pelvic ultrasound was in my future.
Will these curveballs ever stop being thrown my way? Probably not. This is where I definitely need to expect the unexpected. If I didnâ€™t, my life would be turned upside down. If I didnâ€™t, depression and worry would strike. If I didnâ€™t, I wouldnâ€™t be able to function in my daily life. I realized that preparing myself mentally for what could come my way could potentially save me a lot of heartache.
For now, life goes on as usual. I can hold my head up high knowing my bone scan came up clear. I will still expect more curveballs in the foreseeable future. After all, whatâ€™s life without having bumps?
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