Both my sons have melanoma. My 31 yr old is now 2 years NED after a stage 3 diagnosis/surgery 3 lymph nodes removed all clear. My 23 yr old was just diagnosed and had removal 3 weeks ago stage 0. A world I never wanted to be part of. I’m a very scared mom!!!
I grew up on the beaches of SoCal. I spent LOTS of time laying out and burning through my childhood, teens, and twenties. That is a lot of sun damage to my skin. When I turned 30 I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma. I had a lymph node biopsy and basically went on my way with annual x-rays and blood work. 10 years later the melanoma returned as stage 4. I began 2011 with a 16 cm tumor in my left armpit and mets in my lungs and bones. I was dying. Thanks for Dr. Hamid at the Angeles Clinic and Dr. Morton at the John Wayne Cancer Center, I was saved by 5 rounds of biochemotherapy. This brutal treatment combines 5 drugs at the same time, 3 chemo drugs and 2 immunotherapy drugs. I received 2 years of treatments in 5 months and by May of 2011 I was declared NED. I am currently 7 years NED. Life has blessed me and one of my passions is to spread a message of HOPE to others.