For Months I Felt Like a Woman

Instead of a speedy confirmation, I had multiple diagnoses amid diminishing confidence in my medical team.

Follow My Lump-Diagnosis Saga

While toweling off after a shower, something seemed anatomi­cally amiss. I paused and wondered why it felt like my nipple was under my arm. Is my flesh that pliable or is this a new­found growth? Wiping the fog from the mirror, and raising an elbow, revealed nothing out of place. With circular motions, I began my breast self-examination (BSE). With a palpable lump confirmed, I did what most people do when plagued with health questions—search the Internet. There, as you might expect, I learned the course of wisdom is to schedule a doctor’s appoint­ment for an evalua­tion if it does not resolve within three weeks.

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