Jul 26, 2008 - 1:32 am
Hi! I am new here, and I am in much need of a point of view from a melanoma survivor. I feel guilty even putting myself in that class, as I have never suffered or become ill as a result of my cancer. I had a mole on my right inner thigh removed because it was suspicious and showed signs of change. This was done in late April of 08. The mole which was about the size of a pencil eraser, and was .80 deep, was a malignant melanoma. I had a wide excision done and the sentry node in my right groin was also removed. The tissue surrounding the original mole tested clean as did the node. I had this surgery done the 17th of June. None of my many scans showed anything of concern. Everything has turned out great and since the depth was less that .85, no interferon treatment was needed. This was a relief as I am 40 years old, a divorced Mom of 4, going to her final year of nursing school. The problem is, I am chronically fatigued with no apparent reason. I literally fall asleep trying to drive or watching TV. I have spoken to my doctors and they say that it is the stress of the situation and the surgery. My family is trying to understand, but I am sure they are becoming frustrated. The other day my boyfriend of 6 years told me that I complained constantly about not feeling well and being tired. I was/am so embarrassed. I start school in a month, my house is a disaster and I am not working. Does anyone have a situation similar to this and if so is there anything that is helpful. I also had another suspicious spot on the bottom of my foot removed with wider margins on July 7. This showed no malignancy. So exercise is limited and I have walked about 1/2 mile per day when I could stand the heat. Any helpful answers/advice would be hepful to me! Thanks!