I am not sure what to do about this situation. I sent my brother this message about one week ago. To understand, three women in my family have died from cancer, I have a fear that this might be my fate as it starts with a simple test and can escalate. What I am trying not to overreact at is the reply from my brother. I included the actual language as is so as to completely illustrate my concern. The test is scheduled for this Wednesday.
Patty is my cousin, her mother died from complications of breast cancer. Phil is an elder brother who lives out of the area. My initial reaction is to call him and cut the ties. This comment is as insensitive as I can begin to consider. Am I overreacting or is he way out of line here?
My first message………………
Just to keep you up to date with no surprises, I had a mammogram one
month ago and my doctor had me go get a second one yesterday. I had a
rotten afternoon at ___ waiting 3 hours for a 10 minute
test. One radiologist and technician for 20 women. We all thought this
was stupid, slick fancy hospital that won't staff. Anyway, I have to
go for a third test, a fine needle biopsy in July to check out what
may be cysts which are harmless or otherwise. I spoke with Janice
yesterday as I couldn't really understand what they were telling me. I
was annoyed at being kept waiting for too long and the radiologist
spoke in medical language. All I heard was cyst, three, cannot quite
see with the ultrasound, test with needles. I trust my family doctor
and she recommended ___ for follow up. I hope it is
nothing more than cysts, lots of women get them at my age. I haven't
gotten nervous until this afternoon. I feel just fine except I feel 50
years old some days. Keep positive thoughts.
Reply from brother…………….
Any better news on your tests?
Patty might throw a small family reunion when Phil is here. We need it since the next time everyone will be together is at a funeral.
Still no offers. I had 4 couples at my open house today. Not bad.