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Melanoma this time

24 Aug 2019 18:50

I have recently been told that the lumpy mole cut off my neck is a malignant melanoma. This was only a week after the 5 years and all clear from another sort of cancer. 

I had a fall just over 2 years ago, resulting in a cervical spinal cord injury, so that’s messed up my mobility, I have to use a wheelchair to get about now. At the moment I’m fluctuating between feeling even more depressed, and being angry about it all.

Thats why enough is enough, I can’t put my fabulous husband through any more. I really need to get a grip on things and get on with more crocheting before he gets the foolish idea of disposing of my yarn stash!

Melanoma this time

26 Aug 2019 10:56 in response to Enough

Hi,

I'm so sorry that you have been diagnosed with melanoma on top of your other health problems. Have they said what the depth was or what stage you are? Are you now waiting for further surgery (a wide local excision) to remove further tissue? Hopefully having someone to talk about it to will help you get through this. 

Angie (melanoma patient)

Melanoma this time

28 Aug 2019 19:20 in response to AngieT

Nice to meet you Angie.

I have phone calls to give me appointments for my pre-op assessment which is next Tuesday, and I will have surgery on 23rd September. I will be having a wide excision, probably involving a skin graft and a sentinel node biopsy too. 

The consultant said my melanoma was 8mm thick, and that I am Stage 2. I’ll get through it, but am feeling very sorry for myself. Did you feel the same?

Melanoma this time

29 Aug 2019 09:06 in response to Enough

Yes I did feel very sorry for myself - more so the first time because I was diagnosed before social media & forums like these were around so I went into it all with only the information from the hospital. It wasn't until I was diagnosed Stage 3 10 years ago that I sought out information on the internet & I found it really helpful - at least patients now aren't walking into the unknown if they do some research first.

It's normal to feel like you do, be kind to yourself and go with the flow. I've sent you a friend request so we can chat by private message if you want to. Take care & good luck,

Angie