Breast Cancer Stories

Breast Cancer Stories

I am 29 years old, and scared out of my mind. A few weeks ago, I noticed a pain in my left breast, but I have a toddler and figured we had hurt it playing rough. Then a couple of days later I noticed a lump, and since then the pain remains and the left breast looks different than before. I often feel like there is something on my breast, like the breast itself is not a part of my body, it feels like it does not belong there. I am going to get it checked, asap, but I was wondering if this is how anyone with breast cancer has felt? I really hope that I am being paranoid, but I have this bad gut feeling that this is not good. Anyone feel this way with cancer? I know that this is not a diagnosis, I just could use some educated advice before I lose it. Or any websites with this kind of information, I have looked, but so far, there are tons, they have not answered my fearful questions. Is BReast Cancer hereditary? My Grandma and her daughter, my Aunt both had BC. After looking around, I learned — I’m so sorry to hear that you are having such a worrying time and hope my experience may help. I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2003 at the age of49. Thankfully, following a mastectomy and axial clearance, there was no spread and three and a half years down the line I am still OK, I just have to carry on taking my medication for a few more years and keep going for check ups at regular intervals. It was actually a minor injury that alerted me to my cancer. A bone in my bra had poked out and scratched me and it wasn’t healing so I went to my GP. He gave me a breast examination and said the scratch was nothing to worry about but did I know I had a lump. Well, I hadn’t noticed it before but when he drew my attention to it I was astonished and just couldn’t understand how I had missed it. Having said this, I had never previously performed breast examinations on myself and the lump was quite small – only 2cms – and not painful at that time. I had to wait nearly two months for my operation, though, and by that time it was starting to be painful in a kind of itchy, dull throbbing way. The best way I can describe how the lump itself felt is like a small, hard, smooth bit of gristle. Also when I looked at myself in the mirror I could clearly see that there was beginning to be a difference in shape between my breasts. You are doing exactly the right thing by going asap to get this checked out and I hope and pray that you will find it is nothing serious. But if it is indeed cancer you will, I feel, have caught it early as I did. Rest assured that there is a huge world of help out there, both in the medical system and on the Internet. If you are in the UK you should get a breast care nurse assigned to you, mine was a very caring woman who was absolutely brilliant and answered even my stupidest questions with immense patience I spent hours and hours on Google looking for anything and everything that might help regarding treatment (there is very little on how it actually feels, though, as you have found); I joined forums so I could talk to others with the same condition; I used self hypnosis to conquer my fear of general anaesthetic and my fear of what the future might hold. I was very lucky in that my husband was a rock of strength and so were my family and friends. I do hope so much that your nearest and dearest will be the same for you. Good luck, take care and God bless. PS I have no history of breast cancer in my family.


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