Hopefully Only A Blip In My Adventures As A Budding Potter

The first three paragraphs below are taken from my facebook page http://Facebook.com/MDWPottery.  I will continue in this way here on out in future posts.

Well, my life has been pretty full doing pottery but I now must start making room for yet another adventure, stage 1 breast cancer.  I had a mammogram back on March 12th which showed an irregularity a suspicious area on the right side of my left breast.

That meant another mammogram and an ultrasound.  The breast surgeon showed me the area on my two images and I could see it was definitely an irregular area that stood out from the other areas of my breast that had smooth lines.

The next step was to do a ultrasound guided biopsy.  It was a little painful but not horrible.  As the doctor, Dr. Stassi, explained he was taking about 12 pencil shavings from the lump.  He numbed the area, of course, but there was still the pressure of him pushing on my breast.  One thing that was nice was that they had warmed up the ultrasound gel before putting it on me.  I have had ultrasounds where they haven’t.  It isn’t very courteous of them when they do that.  The vacuum pump was a big machine in the corner and as Dr. Stassi put it “It makes a sound like an automotive” and it did.  Dr. Stassi had done a previous needle biopsy which turned out to be an enlarged milk duct.

The next afternoon I called the doctor and got the bad news.  If there wasn’t any cancer in the lymph nodes under my left arm (taken during the lumpectomy, I would afterwards just need a treatment of radiation.

I will let you know how this afternoon goes at the breast surgeon, Dr. Carter.  He seems to be a nice man and wasn’t cold when he gave me the news over the phone.  He seemed positive about my prognosis after looking at my ultrasound and said during the telephone conversation it wasn’t what he had expected.

We will yet see how this derails my pottery.  Centering a lump of clay on the potter’s wheel takes some strength and I am worried I will be kept away for too long and miss too many classes.  I see myself as a budding artist and wish to carry on normally as much as possible.

Parts of future posts are going to be posted on my Facebook page http://facebook.com/MDWPottery.  The full post will be found here at http://MDWPottery.com

Thanks for stopping by

Melissa Wickham