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March 12, 2011 / jilleun

Health and stuff

So this post is a little bit personal to me. It’s about Breast Cysts, more specifically about how I have them; you can read about them here. It’s kinda sad that I learned more about cysts from Wikipedia than I did from my doctor. I first noticed a lump when I was home for Christmas in 2008 and I finally got to the Doctor in May 2009 only to learn that I had cysts (I just hate calling them breast cysts). Now, I don’t know if it’s because she was just a general family doctor, and didn’t know much about them or what… but she pretty much told me that I’ll have them for the rest of my life (great), and to take some Ibuprofen. So kinda pointless and not very hopeful.

Well it became painful, very painful. Everything hurt- walking up stairs, laying on my stomach, giving people hugs, dressing and undressing; a lot of very normal everyday activities. I only ever took Ibuprofen when it was really bad (about once a month, if you know what I mean ladies).  I didn’t like that. A) It hardly helped B) I was supposedly going to have to do this for forever.

So this past June (yeah, the one when I got married) I went back to a different doctor to see if anything could be done. This time she did an ultrasound to see if there were any cysts that were large enough, that way they could drain the fluid and relive a lot of pain. Unfortunately, she told me instead of like most people that have maybe 2-3 cysts, I had hundreds. Hundreds of tiny cyst all over, which meant it was a lot more painful, and once again nothing they could do. She did give me a prescription this time which really helped and also gave me some tips to help, like stay away from caffeine.

No big deal, I didn’t drink caffeine anyways. But then one of the very last things she said before she left was stay away from caffeine (again), and even…………………..chocolate.

UH WHAT!?!

My life has been subpar ever since.

It’s been really hard for me. I mean I always had Oreo’s in my cupboard, I used to always have 3 cereals at a time and one was always chocolate. I had chocolate milk every other day, and any date or movie night called for my all time favorite Hershey’s nuggets.

It’s amazing how much better I feel not eating it, but it just sucks.

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2 Comments

  1. Natalia / Mar 12 2011 12:20 PM

    Oh my goodness. I had no idea. How incredibly painful. And it sucks to have to eliminate the chocolate :-/

  2. margy / Mar 17 2011 11:17 AM

    I think of you every time I eat nuggets (sorry). You are so strong, and I’m glad you’re feeling better. I hope your life really isn’t sub par – you are married, after all! You just traded chocolate for something better :)

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