I’ve had a few people ask me recently if I’m okay. I’m beginning to realise just how rubbish I am at hiding my emotions. I’ve had a bit of a health scare and up until last night I felt a bit like my life was on hold. The Mermaid Centre have been amazing though! Here’s what’s been going on.
Four weeks ago I rang my doctor’s surgery to ask for an appointment with a doctor to talk about a lump in my breast that had been niggling me for a few weeks. I was given an appointment with a lovely nurse who could feel the lump but said it could be hormonal. So just in case she was making me wait two weeks to see a GP.
That two weeks felt like a very long time, I eventually saw the GP who said that it was a good idea to get it checked out and she referred me to the Mermaid Centre at The Royal Cornwall Hospital – Treliske. I had to wait almost 2 weeks for my appointment there, but as they are such a busy centre that’s a pretty brilliant waiting time. They aim to see everyone within two weeks.
Before I go any further I’ll point out that everything was fine at my appointment last night and when I got back into my car I stupidly cried because I was so happy and relieved. The stress and worry had lifted … Si is relieved that I’m okay and smiling again, as apparently I wasn’t hiding my worry as well as I thought ha!
For anyone who is waiting for an appointment at The Mermaid Centre or who has one booked in and are worried about being there – I can’t promise you that your results will be clear like mine but I can tell you that the staff at The Mermaid Centre are absolutely amazing.
Such a wonderful friendly and upbeat group of medical professionals, which considering the news they must hand out often is pretty amazing. I felt safe there, I felt welcomed and for someone who felt like vomiting before they walked in I felt pretty calm too.
I was called in first to speak to the surgeon and to have an examination. They let you get undressed behind a curtain and use a cape to cover your modesty – after the amount of medical professionals I have been topless in front of recently not having a cape probably wouldn’t have phased me.
This means that you only need to be exposed for the brief time that the examination takes. The surgeon feels around with the tips of his (or her) fingers and for me he marked with a pen the areas where he could feel lumps. It turns out I have pretty lumpy breasts, which is normal, but the lumps he marked were ones that felt differently to the others.
I got dressed and went back into the waiting room and then was called a short time later to go in for an ultrasound scan on my breast and underarm. Thankfully they have warm gel to use for this, but they use a lot of it. That added to the biro all over my chest, I was a bit of a mess by the end.
The scan was thankfully, as I have already said – clear and they told me that straight away. I then had to wait in the waiting room to speak to the surgeon once he had also examined my scans to make sure. He was happy to discharge me and I was so happy. My whole appointment took an hour and twenty minutes.
If you are headed to The Mermaid Centre you are best off parking in the overflow car park, as it is closer and the centre only has disabled parking outside. The centre is really clearly shown on the map right by the crossing there and it is sign posted really well as well.
If you do get sent to The Mermaid Centre please don’t be too nervous, they really are so lovely. Plus finding a lump doesn’t mean the worst, the odds are actually seriously in your favour for it not to be cancer. Please please please though if you do find a lump or have any worries go and see your GP.
It’s always better to find these things early and better to feel that you’re wasting people’s time than to find out much later on that you wouldn’t have been. I am so relieved right now that I can’t stop smiling.