Cancer and Coronavirus

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Cancer and Coronavirus

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Once coronavirus restrictions were lifted in my state (May), I made an appointment to get the physical I needed in order to participate in the upcoming band season. After going over my family history and having a routine exam, my doctor suggested I get a mammogram although I'm only 34. I got everything scheduled, went to my exam, and two days later got a call saying my results were abnormal and I needed to come in for another mammogram and MRI. My entire family was worried about me and my husband felt so helpless. Due to coronavirus restrictions, he was unable to go inside the building for any of my appointments and I had to face many things alone. The doctor discovered a suspicious mass and I was told I needed a biopsy immediately. I had to wait 5 days, first, because I needed to be tested for coronavirus before they could do the procedure. After getting my biopsy, the wait for results took a couple days and when they came in, I was relieved to find out I do not have cancer! But, an already scary experience was elongated due to the pandemic and I was left without support for a lot of it.

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This item was submitted on January 21, 2021 by Jacqueline E. Rowe using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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