What if it is cancer?
A medical student contemplates the other side of medicine
Here I am, waiting. One week ago I went to see a consultant surgeon at the local hospital. I have found a lump in my breast, you see. I found it a while ago but dismissed it. It was painful and therefore I decided I shouldn't worry, so I didn't. But I thought, what the hell, I'll go and see the nurse at the local general practice and see what she thinks. I was doing just fine until I got undressed and told her my thoughts. She was lovely and kept telling me she didn't want me to worry. I didn't until her fingers identified the same lump that I had found. I hadn't told her where in my breast I had located it but I knew by the look on her face that she had felt something.
She called in one of the female general practitioners to see me.