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The Diagnosis

A version of the following was posted to my brand new caringbridge page in entries between March 14 and 28, 2015.  
As I post it here, I am making a few changes.

It started on May 22, 2014, with a routine mammogram.  They saw two areas they were concerned about (but they're probably nothing), so come back for another mammogram and an ultrasound.  Just calcifications, probably nothing to worry about, come back in six months to see if it's changed.  Back on January 9, 2015.  Time for a biopsy of these two spots.

The doctor who sent me for the original mammogram and is receiving reports from radiologists then referred me to Dr. Tsiapali, Director of the Breast Health Program at Southern Maryland Hospital.  I had an appointment on February 17th, but the office closed (along with everything else!) because of snow.  New appointment on February 24th. 

Dr. Tsiapali noticed a third spot in the lymph nodes under my arm, which turned out to be rather large.  She arranged for an a…