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June 24, 2013

For those of you that follow me on Instagram you may have realized that I had quite the health scare last week. Thankfully all is well and it was nothing more than a scare.  I had a lump in my breast.
I'm only 31 so it didn't seem probable that my breast health was anything I should worry about.  But Matt found a lump on Monday night.  Yes, I'm admitting that.  My doctor said that was really common ladies, so make sure you're they've been prepped to speak up if they feel anything uncommon.  About 80% of lumps that are found in the breast are benign but you should never wait to find out which side of the coin yours falls in.  
I had a mammogram.  It wasn't bad.  Less awkward and much faster than the dentist.  The results showed good news but were inconclusive based on the location of my lump.  So I had an ultrasound performed.  Let me tell you ladies, this is a room that is only fun when you've got a baby your excited about viewing inside your belly.  I think the lengthy ultrasound was the most uncomfortable part.  I kept waiting for them to say something bad.  They spend most of the exam under my armpits which I didn't have a good feeling about.  That's a lot of dread and worry over several days culminating on a table with your arm asleep above your head.
Bottom line:  It was a lymph node.  Just an angry swollen lymph nodes.  Apparently all the lymph nodes under my arm pit were a bit swollen as well.  Right now they are assuming it's being caused by a recent outbreak with eczema.  I go back in three months to be sure.
Eczema is something I've battled with my whole life.  It's unpleasant.  I've got a pretty good cocktail of lotions and potions to keep it under control but lately the stress of life has sent it into a tailspin.
So now that life has settled down a bit I'm hoping this will calm down as well.  
How does your body react to stress? 



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  2. Oh Julia, I'm am so relieved to hear it's ok. I am all too familiar with that fear. I actually had the exact thing happen to me when I was pregnant with Sam. Scared doesn't begin to describe the thoughts and feelings I was having. I have very fibrous breast tissue so finding lumps was common. Not common was the doctor telling me this one was different. Mine was located near my armpit as well. A few weeks after I had Sam it went away. I still check that area almost everyday. I'll keep praying that all is well for you.

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  3. So happy it was nothing serious sweet girl!I was so worried about you when I saw this.....glad you are A-okay!! PS You still made that gown look badass ;)

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  4. Glad everything is ok!

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  5. I saw that and I was really concerned! I'm glad it turned out to be nothing, but also that you took it seriously and got it checked out!

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  6. So happy that it was nothing serious!!! That can be such a scary moment I am sure!!!

    xo

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  7. Glad you are OK. Stress makes all of my autoimmune symptoms flare and it sucks. Good thing you quickly got it checked out.

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  8. Thank God sweet girl. I'm so sorry you had a scare but happy for the outcome. Ive had swollen lymph nodes- even one in my groin they thought was a hernia and scheduled me for surgery. The day before it was not swollen and I demanded to see the surgeon to question the reason for surgery the next day and sure enough it was just a lymph infection, not a hernia...phew! I combat stress with long walks, zumba and full immersion into projects, plus alot of girl time. Hope this week is a good one.
    xo Nancy

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  9. Happy to hear you're OK. Health scares can be so consuming during the "wait" period - and that quote is so true. Good for you for taking your health into your own hands and going to get it checked out. Wishing you a nice, calm, stress-free summer :)

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  10. glad you are OK my friend. all of these health risks we carry as women really suck some times :/ i hope you take good care of yourself and avoid anything like this scare in the future

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  11. Thank goodness everything turned out ok. I know that's scary. I went through the same thing back in January - but with a suspicious thyroid lump. It's scary! Glad you're OK. Does this not deserve a day at the spa? I mean, what better way to relieve stress? ;)

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  12. I am so glad that you are ok! I will say a prayer for you. Girl, stress wrecked my health. Seriously. I could go on and on about what happened but it would be way too long to go into. I try to change the way I am thinking from negative to positive, as soon as those negative thoughts come in my head. Easier said than done, I know. Also, walking with little man a couple of miles helps me out too.

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  13. Julia, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm glad everything is okay!

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  14. I am so thankful you are ok friend and thankful Matt found that lump and that you were proactive about it. On a lighter note I have never seen someone look so hot in a hospital gown for reals.

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  15. So happy you're ok, Julia. Such a scary thing to think about but you clearly handled it head-on with strength and grace (and you made a hospital gown look hot!) xo

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  16. Julia, thank you for sharing this. When I was in high school I had the EXACT thing happen, and ended up having the lump removed. It was benign and caused by the lymphnodes. It was very scary at the time but am glad to have had the experience so I know what to look for now. Way to be proactive about it. xo

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  17. My dear I am so glad you are OK. I know how scary that discovery is, but you did the right thing to get it checked out right away.I foresee nothing but good health in your future! xo

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  18. So glad you are ok and it was nothing serious! The same thing happened to my sister- it's not a fun thing to go through

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  19. I'm so glad everything is alright! Prayers answered!!

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  20. I'm so glad everything turned out okay! I had a similar scare when my youngest was just a couple weeks old. It was terrible. I had an ultrasound as well (the thought of a mammogram on nursing mother is a little funny). Unlike a uterus I kept thinking how I couldnt tell what anything was on the screen. Mine was okay as well - BUT I know those moments of waiting for results all too well. I'm sorry you had to go through that (and hope everything is fine in 3 months).

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  21. I follow you but missed this. I'm sure that was so terrifying but what a relief to find out it was just an angry lymph node. My grandma on my dad's side had breast cancer so I have to be cautious. So glad everything with you is alright. xoxo

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  22. Glad to hear you are ok! I went through a similar scare in College. Stress is a crazy crazy thing. Hang in there girl!

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  23. so glad you are okay and had it checked out right away!

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  24. I'm glad you're okay, but that is certainly scary. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and I'm afraid that any abnormality really freaks me out.

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  25. so so glad that you are ok! stress and I are angry bedfellows - however my crazy ass does the havoc wreaking in the form of pulling out my hair when I am stressed. bald spots are not a great look. also know of a great product for eczema if you are interested...

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  26. I'm glad it wasn't something more serious.
    My 8 month old has eczema. I feel so bad for her sometimes. It's usually pretty under control but there have been a couple of flare ups that look pretty angry:(

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  27. Ohhh so happy to hear that everything is ok Julia, I can imagine you got really scared!

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  29. glad to hear your okay, my Mom has gone through many scares and it is always a source of stress. This is a good reminder to everyone though that even if your young you should be checking every month for anything unusual!

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  30. Wondering if you have ever tried coconut oil for your eczema? I have battled it for years and now swear I have found the cure!

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  31. I'm so glad you are ok! A really good friend of mine experienced the same thing a few weeks ago and I was so scared for her. She turned out to be ok as well, but it was frightening. I too have dealt with eczema my whole life, so I know how you feel!

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  32. Sorry to comment on this old post, but I had this happen today. It was scary waiting. I kept reminding myself of your scare that I had read about here years ago and hoping for the same good results. Thank you for this story as it helped to keep me calm. Thankfully after awhile waiting I walked out of there with the same report of a swollen lymph node.

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