After three years of annual visits to my dermatologist, I had a spot show-up on my calf three to four months after the 2009 visit. I attempted to get on a cancellation list numerous times and apparently got "lost in the shuffle." As soon as the doctor saw the spot, he yelled at me about why I didn't come to him sooner. Had I been able to see him sooner, this might not be such a lengthy journey!
The spot was more than 2 mm deep, so a sentinel node biopsy and wide excision was performed, removing a large chunk from my calf. What a painful procedure the biopsy was, but necessary! It indicated that the cancer had, indeed, gone into my lymph nodes. The results lead to another surgery, node dissection from my left groin. Three of those nodes were positive.
My mission now is to educate, bring awareness, and raise funds for much-need research to find a cure for the black beast!
No treatment was done because I also have MS, and there were concerns about how it would affect this autoimmune disease. I had two years of "scanxiety!" That is the anxiety experienced every time a scan is performed, waiting for results, then waiting for the next scan! Then the nightmare started all over again.
It came back. This time in my abdomen! That led to another surgery, treatment, and radiation! They insisted on interferon treatment this time because it was my second occurrence.
I have my second Melanoma Awareness Benefit scheduled for May 24. I made it through two battles, but the war rages on. My mission now is to educate, bring awareness, and raise funds for much-need research to find a cure for the black beast!