|Been there, done that.|
Last year, I flunked my mammogram with flying colors, when a lump the size of a walnut showed up on one of my films.
Five slow days of agony passed between the phone call and my diagnostic ultrasound with the radiologist -- five days of whistling past the hospital and telling myself "It's nothing. It's nothing! No, really. It's nothing. Nothing at all!" while doing my best to avoid All Things Google.
Turns out, it was nothing more than a benign cyst filled with lymphatic fluid. Big ... but benign.
My radiologist said she could aspirate it right then and there -- if the goal was to have a "good-looking mammogram." But her preference was to let nature take its course and allow my body to reabsorb the cyst on its own -- with a little help.
Because cystic breasts and atypical mammogram results are not uncommon among women of a certain age, I want to share my radiologist's recommendations for caring for breasts through lymphatic drainage.
Massage Your Breasts
|The least salacious graphic I could find for breast massage.|
Use Non-Aluminum Deodorants
|This one's convenient and works well.|
I also sometimes use the rock crystal that must be dampened with water.
Since I'm among friends here, I'll be honest: I get a bit schvitz-y, even with antiperspirants. So naturally, I was reluctant to dial down the protection against wetness even further -- but not as reluctant as I was to re-live the ordeal of another failed mammogram, so I gave the crystal method a try. It took about a week for my body to adjust, and I think the crystal formulas actually work better for my chemistry.
|Deadly, in more ways than one.|
|Healthy breasts: are we reaching for the stars here?|
Do you get the idea that there's nothing yoga (and these kitties) won't do? Me, too.
I hope you'll be back next week, when I'll be talking about de-bloating the tummy.
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Oh, and by the way -- I had my routine mammogram and ultrasound two months ago. No sign of the cyst! I love a happy ending.