Renee Feldman was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma for the first time in June, 2016 and had Mohs surgery to remove the tumor. Almost one year later, in May of 2017, a biopsy revealed a second basal cell carcinoma. She is scheduled to have surgery later this month. Renee has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in health psychology and has conducted research among patients and healthcare professionals for many years. Her dissertation was on stress and coping and she feels that the findings of that research are relevant to coping with a skin cancer diagnosis.
She is looking forward to sharing her experience dealing with both the practical and emotional aspects of treating skin cancer and learning from others who are going through the journey. Renee hopes that others can benefit from what she has learned and continues to learn about diagnosis and treatment.
In her spare time, Renee volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run, a program designed to help girls feel confident in who they are, create positive connections with others, and make a meaningful contribution to society. She hopes that writing about her experiences with skin cancer will help others cope with the journey of being a patient dealing with a basal cell carcinoma.
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