First, thank you to everyone who commented and e-mailed to show your support during the past few weeks. After I found the lump in my breast, it triggered a lot of emotions, primarily confusion and fear. Knowing that so many of you have been through the process and it turned out to be nothing, or that if it was something, you had been able to persevere was a great source of comfort.
After several tests, the doctor determined that the lump in my breast — accompanying pain and swelling — was caused by an infection. It’s an uncommon diagnosis since I am neither breastfeeding, nor rocking a sweet nipple piercing (as if). But I am exceptionally grateful that it is something treatable and far less serious than initially feared.
Thank you again for all your support, it meant the world to me.