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December 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm #20849
It’s been 6 months since I had my last full body photos taken, went in for another set this Monday. Apparently, one of my dysplastic moles has changed.
This is actually what I pointed out to the doctor as I also noticed there was a darker colour dot that developed on the perimeter of the lesion. The close up photo comparison confirmed just that.
I’m going to have it removed tomorrow. It’s really hard just thinking of going through this again (diagnosed with In Situ in March of this year)…
Also, bad timing since I was supposed to visit family in Texas for a week starting on Tuesday. Now I’m not sure if I’m going to go at all, since waiting will be once again one hell of a nightmare.
Sigh… Just wanted to share and let it out. Thanks for ‘listening’.December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm #58028wpatterson4Participant
Sorry about that, Meg. Let’s just hope that it’s not melanoma. If it is, I’m sure it will have been caught early. That’s why we’re vigilant. Good luck.December 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm #58029WorrywartParticipant Don’t cancel your vacation over a mole removal! Odds are its benign, or at worst atypical.
Tell your Doc you have vacation planned and need the results STAT. Mine derm calls the pathologist for me to get a verbal before the report is written.December 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm #58030Lisa PParticipant
I’m with Worrywart. Even in the absolute worst situation (which I can’t imagine it is based on what you’ve said), waiting a week or two for a WLE wouldn’t matter. And, who better to be around than your family, whether it be to lean on or to celebrate the good news I anticipate you’re actually going to receive? Hang in there and please keep us posted, LisaDecember 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm #58031 Thanks for your support, everyone.
I’ve had four biopsies since my original diagnosis (one came back mildly dysplastic, the rest completely fine) but they were mainly based on what my doctor though looked ‘funny’.
Now, this is the first time that that something showed up in the photos so it’s definitely a new development. That sure threw me for a loop.December 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm #58032LaurieParticipant
Meggpt, I’m with the others. Take your trip – Go visit your family. Living your life is important, too. We all understand about being thrown for a loop; we’ve all been there.
I went on vacation after I had one of my moles biopsied – I gave him my cell phone number, so he would call me. Not saying you have to do that, but I needed to know as soon as he did.
I’ve had three melanoma in-situs in 4 years; so I know how you feel. But, you are doing the right things. IF, and I do mean IF, this recent one is that nasty “m” word it will have been found early just like the one in March.
Go visit your family, have fun! Just let us know how you make out with the recent biopsy.
LaurieJanuary 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm #58033
I ended up taking my trip to Texas and postponing the biopsies until the new year.
Unfortunately, got a call from my derm’s office yesterday saying she had to travel to Europe for a family emergency and wouldn’t be able to see me until January 29th!
Since Im completely freaked out about this changing mole (first one that I actually noticed changing since my original diagnosis) and I’m not sure whether I should wait or just go somewhere else.
Sigh.. I’m getting very frustrated with this “Melanoma lifestyle”.
MegJanuary 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm #58034Lisa PParticipant
Happy new year, Meg – and sorry you have to go through this. For whatever it’s worth, I would find another skin cancer specialist in your area and get checked, simply because the anxiety of waiting until January 29 til’ your doc returns could be excrutiating. You can always have your doc give a second look/opinion when she gets back, but you might feel better by taking charge and being proactive. Just a thought. In the meantime, try to relax and remember that you’re on top of this and keeping an eye out. Even if it turrns out to be the worst (melanoma), you’ve gotten it early. Take care and all the best, LisaJanuary 2, 2013 at 1:54 am #58035WorrywartParticipant I agree, find someone else to remove this mole – that is too long to wait/worry! I’d call any derm to remove it, a biopsy is a simple procedure any doc can perform…just ask for an excisional type to get all of it. Remember – just because a mole is changing does not mean it has to be melanoma, it could just be a changing mole or an atypical mole.January 2, 2013 at 2:16 am #58036 Thanks for encouragement, ladies.
I probably won’t be able to find another derm (I’m in Canada where you need gazillion referral letters and a 6-month wait time to get to one) but there’s a good walk-in day surgery place in my city (had my original mel biopsy and WLE done there) and that’s probably where I’m going to go.
Will keep you posted on how it goes. Thanks again. Support on this forum means a lot.February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm #58037
Hi all! Thought I’d update you on how the things with my excisions have gone. Ended up waiting for my derm to come back from Europe and had the mole along with two other ones removed on February 1. All three came back fine with no atypia. Go figure!
My lesson from this? Don’t panic and overreact before anything even happens and don’t diagnose yourself. Those 3 moles were some of the nastiest ones I’ve had and still turned out OK.
Thanks for your support through all of this.February 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm #58038HoolieBParticipant
That is great news — thank you for letting us know how it turned out!
It’s all too easy to let our fears of another malignant diagnosis take over. Recognizing we shouldn’t is easy; disciplining our minds to behave is another thing altogether.
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