Hello to all of you! I too am new to posting on this site.But I have been reading disc. for a long time off and on. I too am a melanoma survivor. for now.smile. I say that out of respect for just how darn sneaky this cancer(but then most are) and deadly it truly can be, and I also know first hand, how people think just skin caner well??? I must say when I was diagnose 8 yrs ago this month, I definately was being watched over by angels, because I went to a skin DR(because I happen to already have one),however, it was a short visit, snipped(burned?) off this growth from my under forearm, told me it was nothing some aging deal...as I put my purse on my arm I said so are you fgoing to check that out? He said, well I wasn;'t but I can. 2 days later phone call, oops we have more to do..surgery followed,cat scan etc.
I have been blessed, meaning I only get alittle freaked out when its time for my oncology visit/chest xray etc. But I am a little worried right now, and I will be going for some biopsies today on that same arm, there re 2 lumps in my upper/inner arm, 1 is hard like a pea, one is like a cyst? I never got the lymph node mapping/or removal of any. which has always bothered me. as I have seen cancer in many people I love, and I go to the logic thinking/which is very hard, but also
helpful, because reality is reality. I think positive, I have to, I am a single mom, with 3 kids, one with sever disabilities(totalcare)who need me. So at first it was like cut my arm off if you have too..thank god they did not. Ok could someone please share with me, any info on no lymph node mapping, as well as these lumps/cysts(same arm) and also where they removed the cancer has a hard lump on the uside of the scar, been going on for about 6 months now, my doc said just scar tissue? but why would it change 8 years later? I also don't like the lumps deal as they are in the same arm? any of you who had recurrances, I am wondering if you felt sick? or how you new if you did not? I don't get 3 month checks(skin) In fact I look at my body of course, but no Dr. does and never has? I had a Clarks level 1V which is another ? when you all write level 1V are you talking about clarks? Ok I am probaly babbling now, but I am seriously doubting my oncologist, who did not even want to biopsy these lumps, just "watch them" my reg. dr. decided ultrasound/radiolgy recommmends biopsies. so yeah, I am releived and worried, both. I feel good though. Now I must say to you all, I admire your strength, and my prayers are with you all. God Bless.