Thank you for writing, I’m not yet in the zone for this but have been through this with my mother many times. Speaking out about the fear, the ambiguity & confusion is powerful.
I’m so sorry you were informed by letter, I feel you were owed a phone call if they wanted a repeat with additional films & additional procedures. I’m so sorry.
Having rode this same roller coaster without safety gear, with my mother & having watched her go though the doubt. Being told the only way “to be sure” by the first oncologist she consulted was to do a lumpectomy without a prior biopsy. We ultimately found a doctor at a well respected teaching hospital to do a fine needle biopsy. It thankfully confirmed that the suspicious area was not cancer. We will never get over what the first doctor said & intended to do. But we continue with the 6 month mammograms more than 15 years later.
I worry I too will become a part of this 6 month merry go round of mammograms shortly as I’m am soon to come of mammogram age.
I wanted to link out to this (link at end), Mother Jones recently wrote on the long term data of how mammograms are affecting the detection, treatment & survival rates of breast cancer.
My full support to anyone who has fought, is fighting or to anyone who cares for someone who is fighting or who lost a loved one to cancer.