Okay, the back story--I've had a small lump below my right collarbone for months. It's kind of soft, and I can move it under the skin. It's easy for me to find, but a little harder to show other people because they don't seem to know what they're feeling for. I guess it's about as big around as a half dollar. I didn't pay much attention to it, just figuring it was a swollen lymph node or something, but it's in an odd place and hasn't gone down. So after I got diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome last week, which supposedly raises my risk of getting lymphoma, I started to worry about the lump and made a doctor's appointment for next Tuesday to have it checked out, just in case. The clinic is right across the street from where I live, so I can easily walk there by myself wile my daughter is in school.
The question--I feel really scared, I'm not sure why, so I asked my boyfriend to go with me. It shouldn't take that long, and the appointment will be over before his store opens for the day. He said I was overreacting, the doctor is just going to check the lump and maybe schedule a biopsy, and there was no reason I couldn't march on over there and get it taken care of while he's working. He's right, of course. But for some reason I can't pin down, I'm afraid to go by myself and want someone there for emotional support.
So am I being silly? Why can't I see this as no biggie and just bop on in and get the lump looked at? I'm usually independent to a fault, so maybe that's why my boyfriend is confused by this. Is he right that I'm getting all jazzed up over nothing?
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