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Feb 22, 2023
Disclosure: I am long winded and tend to overshare, there may be a lot of boob talk 😊
My story starts last summer with a bra I bought from Target. I had bought a very comfortable bra that became my everyday bra ---not long after I noticed some dry skin and itching. Being an amazing nurse I looked up itchy boobs and diagnosed myself with either Dermatitis or Paget's, a form of breast cancer. I then swiftly put it out of my mind.
I just happened to have a dermatology appointment coming up and while there I mentioned my dry skin. The doctor looked and sure enough dermatitis. He suggested we treat it and follow up just in case. Little did he know I knew the "just in case" was Paget's. We treated it for a while and ended up doing a biopsy in January. I'm a little superstitious and if I tell people something it never happens and if I don't it always becomes true. So... I picked a handful of friends to tell to make sure it would come back negative. Sure enough it came back negative ---just good old partially treated dermatitis.
Well time passed and the dermatitis persisted and a small spot developed on the other breast. It's got to be dermatitis right? But why is there a small scab? Why isn't it healing? I still convinced myself it was just silly old dermatitis. However - remember I am a really amazing nurse and I knew a nonhealing spot is not good. After ruminating for a while I did call dermatology. Dermatology is usually impossible to get an appointment with but low and behold they had a cancelation for that Monday -- I took it.
I showed up. He took a look. I confirmed that it had been there for a while. He wanted to do a biopsy that day. Well okay... and I went back to work. **for those that don't want to hear about nipples skip this part!** Having a biopsy next to your nipple -- not so bad. Having a biopsy pinpoint center of your nipple where all the nerve endings are - not so much fun. When the lidocaine wore off I texted my boss "leaving work right now excruciating pain". Thank goodness I have good bosses and work in an area I could do that because that was one tough ride home.
Sure enough I got a call the next week that it came back as Paget's and my Cancer story began.