Here is a Ted talk about an extremely rare form of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is not only rare but very aggressive. It’s often misdiagnosed as a breast infection and mammograms often come out clear. Once my mother was diagnosed it was already stage 4.
In the video she talks about how it took her mother several months and several doctors telling her it’s not cancer, then finally making an appointment to see a specialist to be diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It’s about 13 minutes long but well worth the time.
The 8 or so post-graduate years, (depending on their specialization) of study to become a doctor is not enough time to know everything. The body is just too complex of an organ. They will always be learning and I thank them for their knowledge, dedication, and hard work.
Having said that doctors are human like the rest of us and they can make mistakes. Being your own advocate is crucial especially in this instance. You have to keep trying until you get the right answer. NOT the answer that you would like to hear but the right diagnosis that can save your life.
Until next time,