Warning – this post is about breasts. My breasts. It’s not something I feel altogether comfortable talking or writing about. If you don’t feel comfortable reading about it, look away now. Pop back tomorrow!
Spoiler alert – there is nothing bad or scary happens at the end, so don’t worry.
For some women, breast pain or discomfort is a regular (usually monthly) thing. I am not one of those women. The only time I have EVER had any breast discomfort was in early pregnancy with my eldest.
But a few weeks ago, I suddenly felt some discomfort in my right breast. It was only slight, but it took me by surprise as it was so alien to me. It was there for a couple of days and then it went. A few weeks later it was back. I’ll be honest, I found it slightly worrying as it wasn’t normal for me. When it comes to breasts and whether or not you should worry, normality is a big factor.
I decided the source of the discomfort was a small lump next to my nipple, which has been there for as long as I can remember. I definitely know it was there shortly after I had my daughter, but it might have been there forever, I really don’t know. It looked slightly different to how it had looked before.
Recently TheBoyandMe shared a picture on social media of things to look out for in your breasts – and there was actually a fair few things. One of them was ‘puckering’. I wasn’t sure if my breast was ‘puckered’ so much as ‘sagging’, but it looked different from the left. How are you supposed to tell what is puckering and what is sagging?
I tried checking for any other lumps, but my breasts are so small and I am so thin that when I think I feel a lump it turns out to actually be own ribs I can feel! So that at least set my mind at rest, although I was still worried. I was scared of going to the doctor and hearing something bad, but I was even more scared of leaving it any longer.
My mind raced ahead to me with cancer – breaking it to my children, then unable to care for them as I was so weak. How would they manage? (We all do that – thinking of the worst case scenarios and scaring ourselves, right?)
So I went to the doctor. He agreed the little lump was a bit strange, but was certain it wasn’t cancer. He’s going to refer me to the breast clinic for a non-urgent appointment as he thinks it may be a good idea to remove it anyway.
And I drove home with an enormous weight lifted from my shoulders. I was glad I’d got it checked and I was SO glad it was nothing sinister. My kids will have to put up with me
nagging them looking after them for a lot longer yet!
If you do find anything on your breasts that you are even slightly worried about, see your doctor. You won’t be wasting their time. The chances are it will be something completely harmless and you will go home feeling on top of the world, just like I did. But if you find it’s something worse, by getting it checked early, you are giving yourself the very best chance of beating it.