Three years ago today I began a journey that would change my life, and the lives of my family–forever. It was three years ago that I learned that the mole on my back was melanoma. Three days later I was meeting a surgeon, and two days after that I was in surgery. He removed the primary lesion on my back (which required a skin graft from my thigh), and then tested (and removed) 30 lymph nodes from under my left arm. Stage 3B. Sigh. If only I had been smarter about the sun…and about tanning beds.
There’s no point in beating myself up about it now, but I can sure do all I can to make sure that YOU don’t end up where I am today. I put up with a year of Interferon, and then did Yervoy when the Interferon didn’t stop the melanoma, and have had FIVE major surgeries, all because of melanoma.
So…here are 10 Things you NEED to know about melanoma to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. If you do anything today, PLEASE read this. It could save your life. And then…please share it, because YOU could save lives too.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out with my husband to celebrate the fact that I’m still here. Come on, click on the link above and READ! One day you might be really happy that you did.