A co-worker had her routine mammogram in April and subsequent tests came back with breast cancer. I was 6 months overdue for my annual mammogram so quickly made an appointment for June 11. Unbeknownst to me, at that time, my co-worker had her mastectomy on June 11th.
Never having had a digital mammography before, I asked the technician if I could look at the picture. She agreed and took me behind the magic screen. Interestingly, there was a white spot in the right breast. Now, I realize that technicians can’t give a diagnosis, but I went ahead and asked her what was that spot. She proceeded to tell me about the make-up of the breast, i.e., breast tissue, fat, milk ducts, etc. Oh, okay. I go merrily along my way, not thinking about it, probably suppressing what I thought that white spot might have been. Denial can be an effective tool when appropriate.
Today, the radiology office called me at work and said they needed more pictures and a possible ultrasound which we scheduled for June 17th . . . five days to suppress fear. I had to laugh at that word the radiology staff used, “We need a few more pictures”. Like, "Can we get a 8” x 12” framed picture of your ta-ta?” You want a picture of my cat? I can email that to you. Don’t freak, Renee; it’s just another mammo because the technician messed up, I say to the negative thoughts.