Gillian - Interview 4
Age at Interview:
Age at Diagnosis:
Gillian is a married housewife with three adult children
Ethnic background / nationality: White British
Brief outline:Gillian was diagnosed with high-grade DCIS in 2006, aged 50, a year after her first routine mammogram. She had two breast conserving operations and, later, a mastectomy.
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And you mentioned before we started the interview, that you had a mammogram …and they called you a year later. Did you say that, in a way, you had, you wished you hadn’t waited for that?
Yes. In retrospect I think I should’ve had the needle biopsy, I think they call it. I think I should’ve had that straightaway, definitely.
Was it offered or …
It was offered. But yes I went for my first mammogram and, well it was the second mammogram because it was, the first one was at the unit. And then I was recalled at the same time, at that time.
So you were recalled after your very first mammogram?
At the age of….
I was called from the first mammogram, 49 actually. I just was a few months short of 50 when I was called for my first mammogram, which showed something. I then went and had another mammogram within a few weeks. And that was when they saw a few speckles of the DCIS.
And at that point?
And at that point they did say, “Oh we would like a needle biopsy.” I was, I think I was concerned more than anything, well about the pain of that. I was concerned it was going to be painful. So I wasn’t very keen. I was also obviously quite shocked that they’d found something with not having had any symptoms. And I was quite reassured that it took up to twelve years really for DCIS to sort of develop, for the calcifications to develop sorry. So I thought I had a few years was how I was thinking, to think about it, was what I thought. And I had no lump whatsoever.
And how did you feel …
No cyst nothing.
Nothing. How did you feel then, being told then that it could take up to twelve years, was it still worrying?
I felt reassured.
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