This came out recently and is a good reminder to get skin checks. Though many melanomas are found by physicians, even more are found by patients or their families. If there is anything that is new, growing, bleeding, itchy – get it taken off. The classic teaching is: asymmetric, borders irregular, color – multicolored or black, diameter bigger than a pencil eraser or evolving. Sometimes you may need to ask a few times or see a different doctor. No one can tell if it is a mole or cancer by looking, it has to be done under the microscope!
It took me one year to finally start a blog.
I was very hesitant at first – mostly around privacy – a blog divulges personal information to the world. I took a leap and decided what’s the worst that could happen?
Well, the good news and the bad news, a lymph node came back positive.
I had recovered from my first surgery and I was now preparing myself to go back in. This time it would be a few days stay in the hospital.
“My lymph node results should be back in today!” I told the nurse as she changed my dressings. To say I was optimistic was an understatement. I was going to learn from my experience, but I was eager to get back to real life.
A week is a long time. My foot started swelling and I couldn’t figure out why I was having so much neuropathic pain (pins & needles with any position). I was taking pain killers to take off the edge, but it wouldn’t take it away.
Warning: this post contains graphic post-surgery images.
It’s February 2014. In retrospect, I am sooooo glad I postponed this procedure until after Hawaii, which was awesome, by the way.