Breast Cancer

by Lia Halsall on November 16, 2012 · 13 comments

Now there’s two words that will install fear into the average woman, breast cancer. Now before you all start to freak out on me, I don’t have it. But I am however going to talk about what I’m going through at this very moment, today even. Less than two weeks ago I found a lump in my left breast. That following morning I went and saw a doctor at work and she organised for me to go and get a mammogram and ultrasound in at The Wesley Breast Clinic in Brisbane.

They took three mammograms, conducted an ultrasound and then that was followed up by a fluid biopsy. And yes, it hurt, a lot! It appears that my lump is a cyst and that’s what we’re trying to determine, whether it’s benign or malignant. Then the second and third mammogram also discovered on the same breast that I have some calcification under my nipple. Oh joy. That means I’ll be going back again in 6 months and then 12 months for another round of mammograms and ultrasounds to check for changes. From there, who knows. But for now we’re just focussing on the cyst.

Mum had had multiple cysts before so I’m not too concerned at this stage. To be honest, to be quite honest with you, I’m not afraid of the “c” word. Cancer, that is. Hell, I certainly know personally too well what it’s all about. Mum had it twice, first one she survived, second one she didn’t whilst she was under my care.

What will be will be I guess and either way I’ll deal with it. I’m ready.

On a separate note, due to my immediate health concerns I’m pulling out of competing next year and focussing all my energies on supporting my immune system. I now have the goal of a lifetime and have never been more inspired and motivated. Funny what situations like these can do for the mind set, isn’t it.

So today I’m back getting another biopsy done because the first one came back as  inclusive.

To be continued……

11 comments… read them below or add one

Raechelle November 19, 2012 at 07:46

Scary Lia; keeping fingers crossed that i’ts benign and stays that way!
I just finished a very interesting book called “Lights Out; Sleep, Sugar & survival” and their findings of the corelation between lack of sleep, excess sugars and cancer. I really found the sleep thing quite interesting…all to do with our bodies ability (or lack of) to make melatonin and how that is the number one anti-oxidant. Natural-not synthitic store bought stuff.
Some of their arguments I think are a little over the top (too much cardio being bad for you as well…yet I know of plenty of 100 year old marathon/iron man runners!). But the whole sleep and sugar (carbs!) thing was fascinating.
You may find it interesting too. :-)
Cheers and healthy thoughts!


Lia Halsall November 19, 2012 at 10:37

Scary yes, but I’m okay with it all. Staying strong and thinking positive thoughts. :)

That book sounds interesting, I’ll google it and check it out for myself. You know my thirst for knowledge and this might be another welcome addition to my growing book collection.

How’s comp prep going?



Raechelle November 21, 2012 at 05:21

comp prep is going well…but that hardly seems important given your latest news. :-) Cancer really puts everything else into perspective hey!
Good luck with it all…again-sending positive vibes. At least you are on top it!


Lia Halsall November 21, 2012 at 06:14

Life still continues on yes but ‘as normal’ a life as possible is how I prefer it to stay for the time being.

Your comp prep is important to you which means its important to me. I’m looking forward to still following your journey.



Magda November 19, 2012 at 10:25

Lia, as I commented on FB, you’re in my thoughts today as I send you lots of positive vibes.

xx m


Lia Halsall November 19, 2012 at 10:35

Thanks Magda. Daniel, Mum & Dad are all here with me and we’re all thinking positive thoughts about today. I’m sure it’ll all be fine, but thank you for dropping by and leaving me a comment. It means a lot to me. xxx


Charlotte November 19, 2012 at 15:04

Sending you my best wishes Lia. Charlotte xx


Lia Halsall November 19, 2012 at 17:57

Thanks Charlotte, I’m sure it’ll all be fine. Just a rather unpleasant experience to have to go through, that’s all. xxx


Lorraine November 19, 2012 at 18:54

Lia you were in my thoughts today. I hope the results you get back from your test are all good.

Massive hugs. xoxoxox


Lia Halsall November 19, 2012 at 19:14

That’s sweet, thanks Lorraine. xxx


marg November 22, 2012 at 13:10

if thoughts and love could heal you you would be fit and well in no time All our thughts are with you and danial xoxoxo



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