Darling Dee, I keep rereading this thread and struggling with what to say to you. I am so glad that you went to your doctor and insisted that they check you out and grateful that your friend prodded you to do so. I am also hopeful that the mass turns out to be benign and that the hysterectomy helps you feel better and get back to the life you enjoyed before you started having problems. If it is not benign, well, then I think that nasty lump should be shaking in its boots cause I heartily believe you could kick its ***! Thank you for the reminder to take responsibility for our own health into our own hands. I would like to add, please, ladies, have your mammograms done! I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my very first mammogram at the ge of 42, and if the mammogram I have he end of the month is okay, I will be celebrating my seventh cancer free year shortly after I celebrate my fiftieth birthday. And Dee, sweetie, if they say you need chemo, it isn't as bad as it used to be and you get out of shaving your legs for months. Love and kisses to you! Don't stay gone again please! At least just come on and give us hell now and then, okay?