September 12, 2007 Edition

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News is relief

Angie Skimahorn
Online Editor

I recently wrote about the doctor finding a lump in my breast. After a mammogram and ultrasound, it was determined that I needed to have a biopsy. I was called back into my doctor's office to discuss the results and to schedule my biopsy.

I was referred to UAMS in Little Rock and an appointment was set up for me on Aug. 31. I actually tried to put the appointment off a little while for several reasons. First, Briar, my oldest son, turned 13 recently and had invited several kids to spend the night with him that night. Second, the last scheduled Hoxie vs. Walnut Ridge football game was that night and I needed to be able to take Briar and Brad. My dad, my brother, Blake, and sister-in-law, Georgetta, said they would make sure the boys got to the ball game and Georgetta would let all those boys spend the night at her house. So... I had to go.

My mom and cousin went with me for my appointment, which was at 11:30 a.m. I wasn't really sure what to expect once I got there, but the three doctors I saw were amazing.

They looked at the films I had brought and decided to go ahead and remove the entire lump and then test it... I could either schedule a day to come in and be asleep during the procedure, or they could do it that day and use a local anesthetic.

I chose to go ahead and get it over with. The doctor used a "mammotome" to remove the lump. During this procedure, the doctor makes a quarter-inch incision, then uses ultrasound images to guide the probe to the lump. The mammotome collects the abnormal tissue.

The procedure didn't take long and went really well. I had some pain in the area on Friday night and over the weekend. I also have a massive amount of bruising. If I do a lot with my left arm, it starts to hurt. All-in-all, though, it wasn't bad.

We returned home just in time for my mom to make it to the ball game. I opted to stay at home and listen to it on the radio with my husband.

I heard from the doctor last Wednesday, and my results showed no sign of malignancy. While I never doubted that would be the outcome, it was nice to actually hear it, and it will be a relief for the rest of my family and friends!

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