Margie’s personal story
After having my son in 2005 I noticed a light freckle forming on my forehead. I kept a close eye for the next couple years and noticed it changed from a freckle to a mole. I was starting to get nervous as it was growing darker and the shape seemed to change. So eventually, I decided to see a dermatologist to have it checked out. He was concerned but since it was on my face, he did not want to scrape and test since it would leave a scar. We decided to wait and monitor it closely. Again, after some time, we finally decided to remove the mole. I had plastic surgery to remove the mole and have it tested. Sure enough it came back as melanoma, stage II. I then went back for a second surgery to ensure clean margins. This time I went to Penn Medicine. They thought they were going to need a skin graft but fortunately they were able to perform surgery without the graft. All seems to be well now and I visit the Dr. regularly for full body checks. This is my picture saying "goodbye skin cancer!"