Breast Lumps and Blooming Hulthemia

“The doctor would like you to come in for another test.”


A few weeks ago, I went in to the gynecologist and had my lady-tests, including a breast exam. The nurse gave me a form to get a baseline mammogram.

Thursday night, the night before the mammogram, I felt a small lump in my left breast. It felt harder than the rest of everything. So when I went in, I told the techs about it. They gave me a sticker to put over the spot.

I viewed the mammogram slides, vainly trying to decipher the images. All I saw was the arrow.

In the mammogram room, a sign reads something like, “You may be asked to come in for more tests. Please know that the vast majority of these tests reveal nothing significant. We understand this is nerve-wracking. Blah blah blah.”

I’d forgotten about the mammogram over the weekend.

Monday morning, I got a call from telling me the doctor wants me to get an ultrasound. I took the first available, which was today.

“It looks okay to us,” the tech said, “but if you feel something, we’ll look.”

Luckily, all is well. Phew.

It’s also good to know that if you feel something, the docs will check it out for you. She told me if it did change or got bigger or if I felt any other changes, or saw skin changes, to come in, but right now it looks like normal tissue. Just a weird thing, apparently part of normal for me. I have fibrocystic breast disease, which is not really a disease as in it causes you to be sick, but rather just a condition.

This morning it was cold and cloudy, and I thought it would rain. It didn’t. It got sunny and hotter and humid.

This afternoon, my Pink Lemonade Hulthemia bloomed for the first time!

These are the roses that Jim Sproul (the guy who helped me with the Roses book, if I haven’t told you two million times) developed.

I have never seen one in person. They are very striking. The kids and I all oohed and ahhhed over them. And they smell really good, too.


I also keep finding holes, sometimes not eaten all the way through. I didn’t know what was causing them, but then I saw these black things, which I think are caterpillar droppings.



I go out in the evening and morning and even the afternoon, searching for the caterpillars, but I haven’t found them yet. They are not bothering the tomato plant nearby. I just looked it up; I guess some are nocturnal. I’ll have to go out with a flashlight tonight and catch them in the act.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

6 thoughts on “Breast Lumps and Blooming Hulthemia

  1. Beautiful roses. I’m not good with growing things. Potted porch plants do okay for me and that’s it.
    I know the breast thing can be frustrating. My sister recently had to go back a time or two and she was upset. All was well.
    Congrats on getting clean bill of health.
    Blessings on this rainy Ohio day. B

  2. Those are beautiful roses! I’m so glad everything turned out okay for you health-wise. And you are right, it’s nice to know they will take it seriously when you suspect something is off.

  3. I’ve just read the first few pages of your book and had to look up Hulthemia roses on the net, and ended up here. So glad your lump was “nothing” – I’ve been there a couple of times.

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