Un-“Extreme” Prevention: Choosing A Preventative Mastectomy

choose-the-right-direction-1536336_1280Melissa’s Rap: How do you tell your 6 and 10-year-old children you are having a body part (or in my case parts, plural) cut off –¬†just in case? That has been on my mind lately. Honestly, it has been difficult to focus on much else.

A couple of months ago, I was diagnosed with Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia Bordering on Lobular Carcinoma¬†In-Situ. My gynecologist recommended a mastectomy based on my history – 21 plus years of mammograms, where they always found “something”, followed by ultrasounds and needle biopsies and, five times during those 21 years, surgery.

My surgeon, however, felt it best to take things one step at a time, so I had a lumpectomy in January. Thankfully, the area they removed came back cancer-free. However, because of my original diagnosis, I was offered three options:

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Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia Bordering on Lobular Carcinoma In-Situ

Melissa’s Rap: When I was 21, I discovered a lump in my breast. After multiple doctors appointments, mammograms and ultrasounds, my doctor decided I should have it surgically removed. Before the surgery, doctors found another lump in my other breast. So, I had bilateral biopsies. Thankfully, both were benign. Ever since that year, I have had at least one mammogram with a follow up ultrasound each year. They always find something, which results in additional mammograms, ultrasounds and ultimately surgeries or needle  biopsies. It has been 21 years of waiting for bad news.

This past week, it finally happened. Continue reading