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How annoying (medical stuff, again - sorry!) [Dec. 15th, 2004|05:35 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Well, I went in for my ultra-sound today =P

Unfortunately they didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, but they also didn't have REALLY bad news either, so that's good I guess.

As the first doctor suspected, they did confirm that I have the cysts as part of my fibrocystic breast disease. They, thankfully, are completely harmless. Unfortunately, while peeking around in there they also discovered that I have a tumor as well =( It's a small tumor though, and the doctor (this would be the third doctor who's looked at me in the past two days - argggh!) says that it is most likely non-cancerous as it appears to be a specific kind of tumor (that is generally benign) that hides away in the milk ducts (ewwww - I hate being a mammal!!!!!). The general consensus between the multiple doctors was that I should return in six months for a follow-up to see if I need a biopsy or not. In the meantime I'm sopposed to keep an eye on it myself and if I notice any changes I should contact them immediately. If in six months there are no changes, it should be of no concern, but if it seems to have grown any larger they will do a biopsy and then figure out what to do from there.

They gave me the official "Probably Not Cancer" grade for the mammography thingy, but it still worries me a little. I was really hoping that I'd never have to worry about it again after today, but oh well - there could have been a lot worse news for me, so that's not too bad considering.

Enough of that - please - don't everybody worry about it too much - I'm not going to =P I'm going to do everything I'm supposed to and keep it all in check and live my regular uber-healthy lifestyle and not really think about it for another six months. I very much appreciate all of your kind words, emails, e-cards and phonecalls and everything! But please - no worries - I'm a very resilient person - I just wanted to keep everybody updated =)

ANYWAYS - the next couple of days I'm going to be working steadily on two commissions that I need to finish asap!!!!! It's a good time for me to do so anyways, as I don't want to list any originals on eBay that would result in having auctions end while we are out of town (it's important to me to be here at home and ready to ship when I have auctions running). Since I will be working on commissioned portraits, I will probably have the webcam turned away from my desk while I work for privacy's sake, but if I end up having time to work on any new original paintings I will post here with the link asap!

Okay - off to work!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-15 11:00 pm (UTC)
Amen to that!

But then again, if I hadn't gone in for the cysts they probably wouldn't have found the sneaky tumor.....

I think it's just BREASTS that are annoying!
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From: ashecorven
2004-12-15 11:00 pm (UTC)
To quote from the movie, "The Princess Bride"......"as you wish". Bloody headstrong women...lol.

If I don't catch you before you leave for wherever you're going...here's wishing you and Matt a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-15 11:03 pm (UTC)
=) Thank you, Adam!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-12-15 11:01 pm (UTC)
:-/ I'll cut out the back story behind my suggestion since it's not necessary, but it might not be a bad idea to get another opinion on the whole "wait and see" option. I'm glad that you're okay of course! :-D It's good to be done worrying about it at least in time for the holidays.

Cysts = ouch. My boyfriend gets them in his arms. I freaked out when I first felt them and sqauwked about him going to a doctor asap, but he assured me that he's had them for years and doctors told him they're not a problem.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-15 11:04 pm (UTC)
They're faxing over the images from the ultrasound to my primary doctor right now, so she'll take a look at them and will get back to me on it too, just to double-check.

Cysts = yucky!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2004-12-15 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hi Jas!
3 docters saw you and all three said it should be fine, that is definately a relief for now.
You do live a very healthy life style, I envy that! :-)
Take care of yourself and sont stress!!

Take care.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lindy! I agree - seeing as they don't need to see me again for 6 months, it can't be anything too major!
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[User Picture]From: 67_chevelle
2004-12-15 11:03 pm (UTC)
I've had fibrocystic breast disease since I was 19 and had to have a lump removed, but it was benign and I've never had any further problems. All will be fine with you too!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Colleen! I think it will all be fine =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-15 11:12 pm (UTC)
No kidding - I always assumed that somebody as young and flat-chested as me wouldn't have to worry about such things for many, many years - if ever!
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[User Picture]From: foxmagic
2004-12-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
My best wishes are with you! I'm glad it doesn't seem serious!

You hate being a mammal?! What genus would you rather be? :)

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[User Picture]From: kaokame
2004-12-15 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think Jasmine is more of a reptile-like person.....
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:52 pm (UTC)
=) Thank you, April!!!
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From: rosefairy125
2004-12-16 12:23 am (UTC)
That stinks, but it really sounds to not be too serious. I hope all stays harmless.

My co-worker is going through chemo right now and is still working ever day, as happy as can be and ready to climb a mountain. I'm so glad doctors can catch things early these days. Sounds like you/they did. :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think I'll turn out just fine =) I'm a very healthy person, and I've got a good helper monkey (ahem, kaokame) looking out for me too, hehe.
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From: mermaiddelsol
2004-12-16 12:41 am (UTC)

tits! :(

hey jasmine...well let's see...i was gonna tell you not to worry, but you will..of course, this is normal...i hear these things happening around me all the time and so it keeps me from going to the doctor, i know it isn't smart, but I JUST DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING! my friends and family get on me all the time to go, but i don't go!! you need to get your mind off it, have fun, drink alot like i do and while you're partying, i will be over here talkin to our higher being..they will party with us and they always listen!! love you gal! your texas buddy ~~patty~~

PS...i go to the dentist and i have two little goosebumps too? :))
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:58 pm (UTC)

Re: tits! :(

Lol, I always like your attitude, Patty!!!!!

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[User Picture]From: petienka
2004-12-16 12:45 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of poking and prodding by strangers, argh! But, what must be done, must be done -- and hopefully it wont turn out to be anything too serious. Here's wishing you the best, Jasmine!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Patience!
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[User Picture]From: caitygrl96
2004-12-16 02:03 am (UTC)
Hugs!!

Sometimes I hate being a "girl".
Sending positive vibes your way!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, no kidding! Thank you Deana!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-12-16 02:03 am (UTC)
I always assumed that somebody as young and flat-chested as me wouldn't have to worry about such things for many, many years - if ever!

HAHAHAHA-dont ask me why but that made me laugh. I found heard this poem that is hilarious that i must find again so that i can let you read it. I literally never laughed so hard listening to poetry.

So let me see - I can always find some morbid reason to be cheery about something. Lets say the lums do sweel a little bit but they stay totally benign and never are of any danger to you-then hey there you go, instant boob job. though they may turn out lumpy.

Sorry-morbid mind. My belly is getting round :-( it is soooo weird. i will post a picture sooner or later...it will make those who know what i look like normally giggle. Giggling is healthy.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 08:00 pm (UTC)
Lol, you are awesome, Jillianne!!! (Thanks for posting those belly-pics, by the way!).
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[User Picture]From: mcmatz
2004-12-16 02:34 am (UTC)
{{{hugs}}}
I very happy to hear that everything is okay!
Welcome to the world of female healthcare!
When I was 18 I had a lump and had a mammogram which turned out to be a clogged milk duct(!?!?!) Ever since then I have had to keep an eye on the pair of them. Last year my mammo came up with a lumpy thing on the left one and I had to go back for a 6-month screening on that. The doctors said the same thing to me. Nothing to worry about but do your monthly exams and be mindful. This year the same thing happened so I will be back for a 6-month checkup again myself! OUCH!
So it isn't really anything to worry about as long as you do those self-exams (most cancer is actually found earlier by the self-exams) and go get any mammos when the doctors say to.
Take care!!!
--Madeline
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Madeline! Definitely - I'm encouraging everybody I know to keep up with their self-exams - the more I read about it, the more important I know it is to do!
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From: michellesart
2004-12-16 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you're having to go through this ((((big hugs)))). Sounds like your doctors are on top of it, it's always nice to have more than one doctor looking out for you. Guess the best thing to do is put it out of your mind as much as possible until your next check up. Thanks for the update :) And Happy Painting!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-17 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Michelle!

Thank you also so very much for the Christmas Card! You are such a sweetheart!!!!!
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