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Margaret Balsamo

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Jacksonville, FL
Your Story

I found my first breast lump in 1994. I had a lumpectomy and it was a benign fibroadenoma. In 2001, I found two breast lumps, once in each breast. After lumpectomies both were found to be benign fibroadenomas. I had been told I have dense breasts, so I usually have an ultrasound after each mammogram. I was always told everything was fine and just continue to have the yearly mammograms and ultrasounds. I try to do a monthly self exam the first Monday of each month. On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2012, I felt a lump in my right breast. It was hard to tell, since I do have dense breasts, but I knew there was a difference from the month before. I called my OB-GYN on Tuesday and made an appointment for Wednesday, September 7th. I saw the Nurse Practitioner. She had difficulty finding the lump as well, but I assured here there was something there. We scheduled a mammogram and I also requested an ultrasound. She didn't feel it was necessary, but at my insistence, scheduled the ultrasound. On Wednesday, September 12th I had my mammogram. While waiting for the ultrasound, the nurse began questioning me about my previous lumpectomies. I knew right then that there was something different this time. After the ultrasound, the doctor suggested a biopsy. I had a core biopsy done that same day. The doc warned me to be ready for anything since she had some concerns. Well, although I had thought I was prepared, it was still a punch in the stomach when I received the news that I was positive for breast cancer on Friday, September 14, 2012. Since then, I changed doctors and hospitals and now had a super team of health care professionals. Right mastectomy was on October 16, 2012.

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