Not more than 5 minutes later, mystery Dr. RR called my cell phone (the number in my file and that he should have been calling all along). I was upset. I was confused. I was mad. Really mad. Our conversation went something like this....
....How could this happen?
Doesn't your facility follow a consistent standard of care in diagnosing questionable breast tissue?
"There are 2 accepted standards of care."
Why did your office tell my gynecologist that I had scheduled a biopsy when I didn't even know I needed one?
"Sorry, that is a coding defect in our system"....
Really? Ok. I struggled to process all this. As pissed as I was (and I was pissed!), I couldn't very well ignore the recommendation of a doctor to have a biopsy. So one was scheduled for 2 days later...to be performed by the Medical Director himself, Dr. RR. The biopsy was fast and relatively painless. And 6 days or so later, I got another call from Dr. RR with the results. "Inconclusive." Are you kidding me? "There are abnormal cells, but they can't be positively identified so we are going to send them to a pathologist at Standford to review." Ok. Great (that was a sarcastic great fyi). Another few days go by and late on a Friday afternoon I was once again was talking to Dr. RR. He informed me the results were still vague...."the Stanford pathologist detected a few cells that could be carcinoma." What is a carcinoma? "Well, it's cancer, but you need further evaluation". Ok, so what now? "I'm going to talk to your gynecologist and we will contact you with a recommendation." So I get to spend Saturday and Sunday thinking about how might or might not have cancer? (I kept this particular thought to myself). Wonderful.
Even though breast cancer isn't the news anyone wants to hear....and the road to finally get that news wasn't as smooth as it could have been, I am thankful for so much this year. I am thankful that Dr. RR came across my file and persistently tried to reach me. I am thankful that I was referred to Dr. K. She is a phenomenal surgeon and expert in breast care. I am thankful that my cancer was slow growing and was caught early. I am thankful to be cancer free. And most importantly I'm thankful for the love and support from my friends and family, most especially my parents, siblings and of course my awesome husband Brad.