A whole new round of health craziness, but this time it IS a good thing…Really.

Nothing can ever be simple in the world of my health.  I start the year with a brain bleed.  Then a simple eye exam yields the fact I have Glaucoma in my right eye. 

Now comes the kicker–every 6 months I have to go for mammograms because 1) I seem to continually have suspicious lumps that need removal and 2) my Mother’s history and death from Breast Cancer.  Literally on the day I find out about the Glaucoma, I find yet another lump.  Fabulous.  Really body?  You gonna do this to me now?  So, calls to the docs go out, mammos & US done and there isn’t one lonely lump–it is a network of 14.  Now around the time of surgery #14 to remove lumps 27-30 the surgeon told me, the next time I needed to really seriously consider going for the full ‘monty’, mastectomy & reconstruction.  None of my lumps have been fibrocystic, almost all have been ductal (like my Mom’s cancer) and two were stage 1 dysplasia. 

In keeping with living my life completely out loud, and I am going to apologize in advance to any friends or family I haven’t gotten to personally yet, I am going to make a rather important announcement.  In the next few weeks, I will be having a prophylactic mastectomy & reconstruction.  So much of my healthcare is so far out of my control & spiraling further out of it–this is one thing I can make a positive difference in, especially where my children & family are concerned.  Some of you may think I’m crazy but this is probably the most sane, logical, and courageous decision I’ve made in a long time.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margie Casella
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 01:24:13

    Amy, I think you’re making the best decision you could ever make. I’m here for you if you need ANYTHING!!! Love you!

    Reply

    • You think this is crazy, this is my LIFE!
      Sep 15, 2011 @ 16:32:36

      Thank you Margie. I made this decision at the recommendation of my doctors over several years, so it wasn’t one I took lightly, or one I reached overnight. I know, and still feel that I made the best decision for me, and my family. Being very public about it was incredibly important to me as I want other women (or loved ones of women facing this decision) to know this is not something to be frightened of, or an unrealistic or crazy option. I no longer feel as though an anvil is hanging over my head a la looney toons style.

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