About five months ago I noticed a black mark on my big toenail but didn't think anything of it - I just thought it must be a bruise. A couple of months after that I noticed the mark hadn't really moved but again it didn't really register as a problem. Then in July, I noticed my toe had started bleeding/weeping so I went to my GP who initially put me on antibiotics for a week, which made no difference at all. Then they referred me under the two week rule to hospital. I was seen the following week and they operated the same day, removing the whole nail and doing a biopsy underneath.
Today I went back to get my results and was seen by the consultant and the skin cancer nurse. The consultant said my biopsy results aren't 100% conclusive but definitely suspicious of melanoma and they are booking me in to have a wide area excision ASAP. They said depending on the results of this, it'll either be no further treatment and monitoring or toe amputation and sentinel node biopsy.
I'm a bit numb at the moment - it hasn't really sunk in yet. And I'm a bit anxious about the excision - they've said they'll need to take a bigger chunk this time including all of the nail bed. I'm just hoping they can book me in soon as the longer I have to wait, the more I'll worry.