Saturday, August 25, 2012

Found A Bump

About five to six weeks ago,  I felt a pea-sized bump under my left eye. I casually pointed it out to my allergist and he said it was probably just a small cyst that would eventually go away. The next week I went to my regular doctor. She thought it might me infected so she prescriped anti-biotics.

Still, it didn't go away. In fact, it got bigger. So I went to my optician. He had no idea what it was so he promptly referred me to an ophthalmologist. He thought it was too hard for a cyst and part of a bone, so he had it x-rayed. He found nothing. So he referred me to an eye surgeon.

By this time the bump had gotten even bigger and was now soft and mallible to the touch. In the beginning, no one noticed, but it became more obvious. The eye surgeon had an MRI done last Wednesday. The report suggest that it was a hemonginea which is a group of blood vessels that form a clump, grows fast that eventually dissapears. But the doctor is not 100 percent sure about this, so he said I must have surgery to take it out.

Needless to say, the prospect of going back into an operating room to get cut up yet again, does not thrill me at all. Of course they are going to do a biopsy on this bump, which scares me even more.

I pedaled my MRI slides and the report around to a dermatologist and my oncologist, Dr. Neil Fischback. They both agreed the best thing to do was to have it removed.

Dr. Fischback, who administered all my chemotherapy treatmenst, assured me that breast cancer typically does not rear it's ugly head under an eye, and that he was optimistic that everything would be fine. That certainly made me feel better.

At any rate, I am concerned at how this process of discovery has taken a turn--all the way into the operating room. Clearly, that's not good.  Yet I feel I have been as proactive as I can possibly be about this. I hold on to the fact that the opthalmologist told me sine the bump hasn't invaded the skin, is mallible,  moves and grew fast indicates it is probably not cancer.

The eye surgeon however, doesn't sugar coat anything. He says simply: I don't think it's cancer, but I won't know for sure until I take it out.

So here I am in this awful place of waiting for some kind of resolution. I constantly touch and probe this bump, searching for a change and hoping it will dissapear. It does move around and I'm told that's a good thing. It doesn hurt at all.

So that's my story for today. I hope I have better news to report soon.

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