Melanoma is a really bad one. My music theory teacher in high school got it on the top of his head. He was bald, and spent many years in the sun on the deck of a ship when he was younger. He had a black spot on top of his head that grew and grew. By the time he had it looked at by a doctor, it was too late. I am so glad that you caught yours in time. I try not to spend too much time in the sun now, but when I was a kid, the parents and grandparents alway went " you're pale, go outside and get some color". We were encouraged to get a sun tan. I am fair skinned ginger, the only thing I ever got were sun burns. How times have changed.Dave Stott wrote:I was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma skin cancer on my face about a year ago. I was very fortunate that they caught it before chemo was needed. I now have a 4 inch scar from the surgery across the left side of my face. I'll be seeing the specialist every 3 months for the rest of my life to monitor me to try and catch anything new. I found a melanoma cancer support group that has helped me become more knowledgeable. They've helped me deal with the issues associated with my loss of confidence from the scar as well.
Having melanoma cancer has radically changed my life. I have serious sunscreen on almost 24/7.. I rarely go outside from 10AM - 2PM. If I do, I have long sleeved shirt and hat on. Long walks on the beach during the day are no longer an option for me. I do a full body scan once a week for any new spot or changes in my skin. Any unexpected changes in my weight require a visit to the specialist to see if something is going on inside of me.
It took me 3-4 months before I was able to regain enough confidence to go outside as a result of the major scar on my face.
As of today, I am cancer free... I'm back playing at weekly guitar gatherings and open mic nights.. but there is always the nagging thought about where and when the next bout of cancer will appear.
FYI-- Melonoma is not just skin cancer, it can spread throughout your body.
Cancer is part of life. For example 100% of men will have prostate cancer if they live long enough. We can only learn to manage cancer, not to eliminate it.dory wrote:I want to say to everyone struggling with cancer that I am sorry you are going through that. It isn't fun. My niece has has kidney and bladder cancer and we are waiting to find out if a lesion on her liver is cancerous or benign. Cancer is a terrible disease. I am hoping they will find better cures soon.
I was diagnosed 16 months ago in my late 50's. Did my due diligence in finding a surgeon who lived & breathed the study of the disease. Had radical prostatectomy with the davinci robot 13 months ago. All "systems" functioning as before....thankfully!beanctr wrote:Radical prostatectomy for me a few years ago in my late 50's, good PSA numbers since. R
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