Mom called yesterday. Her “lump” is growing.
The first time I’d heard of it was around mid-August, just one week after her check-up with her oncologist. She never mentioned it to him either. So when she told me about it last month, I didn’t know what to make of it–but I was certain it wasn’t cancer. Even fast-growing cancer doesn’t grow that fast. Does it? And what kind of cancer could it be? She had a double mastectomy several years ago. Would a lump grow under a prosthesis?
My mind couldn’t wrap around the concept. It made better sense that the “lump” would be her pectoral muscle. She has been more active this year than she was in the past few, using her arms to get up from the chair, get out of the car, support herself on her walker. It made sense to me–to both of us–that she was just building up her muscle.
Yesterday, she told me her hair dresser noticed it seemed larger than last week. And, although this is only the second time Mom has mentioned it, it sounds like it’s grown considerably since the middle of last month. Her doctor divides his practice between Houston and College Station, between the hospitals and his offices. The only time I could get her in is on the 9th.
I’m still not convinced this is cancer. It just doesn’t grow that fast, does it? She sounds healthy, says she doesn’t feel sick–but what could it be?
I woke up at 2:30 this morning.