Stories – My Cancer

My first cancer was diagnosed in 2007 on my left arm. I was told that I had Scc and that I would need surgery to remove it, and that I would not be able to use that arm for a month. Well that was a little hard since I am left handed but I survived.

My next cancer diagnosis came two years later when I was told that I had cancer again in the same area on my left arm and it was also Scc. Now I have a scar that go from my elbow down to my wrist.

In 2013 while having my body exam done the doctor found a black mole on my foot which turn out to be pre melanoma on my foot. So that was removed, that was the most painful shot I have ever had.

And now this year in January I had Scc on my nose that had been diagnosed two years ago as pre cancerous but never developed into anything. Until now, it was removed but it was so deep that I had to have two surgery done. One to remove the cancer and the other to close the wound. That scar runs from my ear under my eye and down the side of my nose.

And in one week I have to have surgery again because more Scc has been found on my left arm again.

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  • BHPen99
    1 year ago

    That is awesome news. Praying for you and better health ahead. That is great news!!! Time for you to celebrate!!!

  • tomb author
    1 year ago

    Good news, I’m cancer free!

  • April Pulliam moderator
    1 year ago

    Wonderful news! I know the waiting was difficult for you. It never gets easier. I hope you can rest easy now and get to take some time for yourself!

  • tomb author
    1 year ago

    My surgery went well, now the hardest part is waiting for the results! So many things go through my mind, did they get it all, will I have to have more done, why is the doctor not calling me back. Does the doctor have bad news and he thinking of a good way to tell me. I have been lucky with all my surgerys that they have been able to get it all the first time. Time to get busy, so I’m not worried about it all day.

  • Eileen.B moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Tom. What a decade you’ve had! It must be so challenging to have multiple surgeries on your dominant arm; I’m so sorry it’s happening again. Have you been able to train your right arm/hand to compensate (somewhat?) post-surgery? I sure hope your upcoming surgery goes well and you recover super fast.
    -Eileen, SkinCancer.net Team

  • tomb author
    1 year ago

    Never been good with my right hand, it’s the little things that become difficult. Like trying to cut meat with the opposite hand or tying your shoes, but I find a way. I’m having my surgery today for the skin cancer and another surgery for a cyst on my face from the last surgery in another week . I should done fine, just have to keep on fighting!

  • Eileen.B moderator
    1 year ago

    I bet you’ve found a creative way to manage cutting steak, Tom! (Hmm. Can a person survive on peanut M&Ms alone?)

    How did your surgery go last week? I admire your fighting spirit, but I know some days must be rougher than others. Keep us in the loop, we’re all rooting for you. -Eileen, SkinCancer.net Team

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