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Stage 4 Melonama

For over 4 years I had a area on my back that drove me crazy itching. I went to the same dr for 4 yrs complaining and she would say it was a rash and gave me something to put on it. I had to go to the ER one night and I really don’t remember the reason why but it was a blessing cause they told me about a new dr I should go see cause this dr takes my insurance. The day I went she did a full detail of my body cause I told her everything that was going on with me. When I told her about the area on my back she made me show her. She then told me she needed to do a biopsy on it.

This dr called me 4 days later on the 8th of April of 2014 and even my mother to have me rush in to talk to her. She even called my place of employment to tell them I needed to come see her the next day. I went in the next day and my mother and sister were already there in her office. She let my mother read the results. STAGE 4…the dr had already contacted a surgeon and had plans made. I was given 6 months to a year if I did not do anything. I had 2 surgeries, 12 lymph nodes removed and had 4 weeks of chemo and then I’ve done the nerotion [sic] shots in my belly for over 8 months. My life did change but I am still here. And going strong. Just had my 1st yearly cancer update and I am still cancer free.

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  • Eileen.B moderator
    1 year ago

    It’s truly chilling how many skin cancer diagnoses begin like yours, @ladonna1967. Your story is so upsetting, but it’s incredibly important to tell. Thank you for posting! I bet you overcame some hard days to get here; does it sometimes feel like each day is a gift? -Eileen, Team

  • April Pulliam moderator
    1 year ago

    Your story takes my breath away. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. How fortunate you were to have visited the ER that day! I cannot imagine the whirlwind of emotions you have felt since your diagnosis. Sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts for continued clear scans! April,, Moderator

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