Thanks Dannii – spot check promotion!

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!

Time heals all – the Wide Local Excision and Graft

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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.

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More than I bargained for – the Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Wide Local Excision

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My last hike pre-surgery

It’s February 2014.  In retrospect, I am sooooo glad I postponed this procedure until after Hawaii, which was awesome, by the way.

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