Waiting to exhale

I finally got the call back from my mammogram. This wasn’t just any mammogram.. it was the first one post diagnosis.  I don’t recall ever having to wait more than a week for results before.  Usually my doctor would call in a day or two to say all is well (or not..in the case of last year’s) and then I would get the generic pink form letter from radiology confirming.  I knew that my doctor(s) got the results a week ago. Still, I hadn’t heard a peep from anyone.  I called the cancer center yesterday and left a message which was finally returned this morning.  All clear.  I was too happy to ask if it was common practice to make a breast cancer patient wait for results of her mammogram.  I know they are read the day of the test or the next day at the very latest.

No one on my team of medical experts has used  the words “cancer free” yet. Or even “no evidence of disease”.   Since these are the same people who had no problem making me hold my breath for over a week I’m going to assume they just don’t see the value in putting cancer patient’s minds at ease, so I’ll say it. Cancer Free!  


  1. eddiesandcurrents · November 20, 2012

    Woohooooooo!! Congrats!


  2. Bethany · November 20, 2012

    Yeah baby!!! So much to be thankful for. Rock it.


  3. rachturner · November 20, 2012

    VERY happy for you!!


  4. Karen · November 20, 2012

    Congratulations! I am sorry that people are so damned insensitive, but YIPPPEEEEE for you!


  5. embracing chemo · November 20, 2012

    Yay! Say it loud. Celebrating with you :))).


  6. rachaelsladylumps · November 20, 2012

    Yeah!!!!! Cancer free bitches! 🙂 If it makes you feel better, none of my Dr’s would say I was cancer free either. I literally came out and asked if I was and they simply said, “yes.” Well that is encouraging! So happy for you and your crystal clear mammogram. Smliing from ear to ear!


  7. Tracy · November 20, 2012

    That’s the best news I’ve heard all day. May your cancer free status last forever 🙂


    • mainelyhopeful · November 21, 2012

      Thank you Tracy and I hope you are saying the same about yourself very soon.


  8. Sandy · November 20, 2012



  9. Tracey · November 20, 2012

    Congratulations! That is great news. It is odd though that you have to wait at all. I get my results before leaving the appointment.


    • mainelyhopeful · November 21, 2012

      I know. I never had to wait more than 24 to 48 hours before I had cancer. It’s a mystery :\


      • Tracey · November 22, 2012

        Maybe they’re double and triple checking? Let’s hope so.


  10. meetmymetsbreasts · November 21, 2012

    Bless you, bless you from the Universe and from me! This is good.


  11. Laura Renegar · November 21, 2012

    This is fabulous news ! NED – best Thanksgiving gift ever !! Congrats to you girl….sorry your docs are slackers. It sucks when you feel like you have to be the squeaky wheel just to get results that should have been given long ago. Ugh. The cancer process is ongoing. BUT, congrats on this great news…even if you had to tell it to your own self !


  12. prettygirllost · November 21, 2012



  13. macarisms · November 21, 2012

    Great news. Praise God.


  14. tinajuvonen · November 21, 2012

    Yeah, it’s a great feeling isn’t it, congratulations!


  15. lawyermomfashionista · November 21, 2012

    adding this to my list of things and people for which I am grateful this year. ❤


  16. lightscanceraction · November 21, 2012

    I can’t believe they made you wait that long! That had to be torturous! I am so happy it was clean! Thank God!


  17. miltonia10 · November 22, 2012

    Wonderful, congrats


  18. Renn · November 22, 2012

    Congrats on such good news! There should be a law about how long a patient has to wait for test results. It is tortuous!


  19. Denise McCroskey · November 25, 2012

    SUCH GREAT NEWS!!! SO HAPPY for you!! FYI: Around where I live and have been treated (Michigan and Ohio), all breast cancer patients get IMMEDIATE results from Mammograms. That had to be so hard waiting for results. I had to wait 10 minutes and that was way too long…


    • mainelyhopeful · November 26, 2012

      Thank you 🙂 I didn’t expect same day results because I was seen mid afternoon, but certainly the next day! I plan to address it with my oncologist. I’m sure I’ll get the standard shrug


  20. bgillen · November 26, 2012

    Welcome to NERD-dom (No Evidence of Recurring Disease) You’ll like it there.


  21. kymlucas · November 28, 2012

    That is absolutely sucky that they made you wait for your results! Really, major-league suckiness. I mean, they would win the World Series if suckiness was a sport. But glad to hear you’re in the clear!


  22. Aum Nicol · November 28, 2012

    Yahoo! Howdy, howdy, howdy! Fabulous! I am so happy for you! So, how are you feeling now–Besides relieved? Do you feel this was a glitch in the journey and time to move on? Is it a shadow? How do you move on and what changes do yo make to your mind or food or emotions–if any? Are you tired? How fast before you felt yourself? You are now a survivor! What does that mean for you? Love, Aum


    • mainelyhopeful · November 28, 2012

      Some days that’s exactly how I feel.. like this was a minor blip in my life.. and other days I worry about every new ache and twinge. I think that is pretty normal. Lots of anniversaries around this time of year from the diagnosis to surgery to beginning chemo so it’s constantly on my mind. I’m trying to make better food choices and sleep more (I was terrible at that.. 3-4 hours was a good night for me prior to cancer). I feel good for the most part, I still get tired more easily than in the past but it’s definitely getting better. You are on your way too! I hope this next phase of treatment goes well for you.


  23. The Presents of Presence · November 28, 2012

    Woo Hoo!!! Cancer Free! Yes, proclaim it yourself! Sooo happy for you. xo


  24. Herdy · December 2, 2012

    Yay!!! That’s FAB news! Congratulations….best feeling in the world isn’t it?!


  25. Patricia · December 2, 2012

    Oh man, I’m happy for you. I got immediate results. Of course, the radiologist told me one thing (Everything’s fine!) and the surgeon another (Ultrasound every 3 months, one lump looks suspicious!). So I’ll be going on the table yet again for a dreaded biopsy. Gah.


  26. carolynmustian · December 5, 2012

    Congrats! Don’t worry about the labels (cancer free, all clear). Just celebrate the moments and your first good mammo results post treatment is great cause for celebration! Its an early Christmas present!


  27. karen sutherland · January 24, 2013

    dear mainelyhopeful,

    i just stumbled across your blog, and am sooooo glad i did. i am so happy for you!!! now it will make your heart sing if someone call you a NERD – i LOVE THAT. i am NED since august, have my next mammo in april. oh, please, please, let me be a NERD, too.


    karen, TC (the commentor)


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