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  • #6512

    smerri
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    Had surgery on face 11/7/2017 positive margins. Consultation with my surgeon on 12/8/2017 need another surgery. I am very nervous is this silly of me?

  • #6518

    Judy Cloud
    Moderator

    I’m sorry you’re going through this. Your question is a great question though – and the answer is that no, it is not silly of you to be nervous. I have had skin cancer for over 20 years, and I still get nervous and anxious before every single appointment and every procedure that I have to have done. You’ve definitely come to the right place though – this community is a wonderful support system. The good news? I’ve found (from experience) that the face is the area that heals the fastest from surgery; other areas on the body take longer to heal. It’s okay to be nervous, but know that we will be cheering you on!

    Judy

  • #6588

    Randee
    Participant

    I’m so sorry that you are going through this. It is indeed a very scary thing! I’ve had three procedures on my face. I echo everything from the previous reply. I also feel very strongly, in my cases, it could have been so much worse. Follow post-op instructions! Ice is your friend! You can do this! There are a lot of people here who understand how you feel. Deep breaths, one step at a time. Let me know how it goes? I’ll be thinking of ya. Hang in there! 😘

  • #6589

    Randee
    Participant

    Oops… I meant ICE is your friend! Thanks, spellcheck!☺

    • #6596

      smerri
      Participant

      Thank you appointment went well today next surgery on 1/03

  • #6591

    NinaHU
    Keymaster

    I hope the consultation today will help you understand what to expect, @smerri. Randee, Judy and I will be thinking of you!

    Nina

  • #6597

    smerri
    Participant

    I do feel much better knowing people understand how I feel. My next surgery is on January 3. Thank you for your support!

    • #6607

      April Pulliam
      Moderator

      Keeping you in our thoughts! The anxiety before appointments and surgeries never goes away and is always warranted. I have a routine appointment coming up next week. I have been at this since 2007, and I completely understand your nervousness. Keep us posted after your procedure. We are here for you!

  • #6742

    NinaHU
    Keymaster

    @smerri how did your Jan 3rd surgery go?

  • #6743

    smerri
    Participant

    Honestly I was very surprised when I woke up. A quite large section of my inner cheek and upper lip tissue was removed. Just before surgery I asked my Dr about a little spot at the corner of my eye next to my nose good thing I did that and a smaller spot were also removed more bcc. Tomorrow Friday 1/12 I get my stiches out! Hopefully also get biopsy results plus I noticed a similar small spot on my left temple ugh. I have healed remarkably well.

    I posted before and after pictures on facebook, not for sympathy, in an effort to make people aware of skin cancer. My sister has already gone to a dermatogist so it is working. I refuse to just sit and feel sorry for myself so I am taking a difficult situation and turning it into a positive.

    I appreciate all the knowledge I have gained and everyone’s support. TY 😊

    • #6766

      NinaHU
      Keymaster

      @smerri, I don’t know how I missed this response. Thanks for checking back with details! That is a startling thing to realize – missing flesh! But you are healing well, and that’s fantastic.

      I have noticed that many people use skin cancer photos to show what it’s like. Your post in the q&a was so true. It does make people empathize and understand how serious skin cancer can be. I’m really glad your family is making some progress – positivity is contagious and goes a long way for yourself and those around you!

      You are so welcome! We appreciate having you here 🙂

      Nina

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