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  • in reply to: Skin changes with breastfeeding #62935
    BigRed1984
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    Jenni-

    Congrats on the twins! I suppose by now they are here, what an exciting time. I would agree with the others that breastfeeding isn’t going to cause you to develop any more moles. I grew a few new moles while pregnant, and while my daughter is only 8 weeks now, I haven’t noticed any new skin changes.

    Also, you had mentioned in the past that your family has a history of breast cancer, I have read that nursing can have a protective effect against it. That is something to keep in mind when making your decision.

    Whatever you choose to do, you and your precious little kiddos are going to do great! I wish you the best of luck momma! :D

    in reply to: 39 weeks pregnant and skin is acting up #62466
    BigRed1984
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    Jenni- I am pretty slow to catch up on this forum too. I suppose that is a good thing, I am moving away from my paranoia. I am so happy things are going well for you. Best of luck for a great delivery, speedy recovery and lots of baby cuddles! Keep us posted. :D

    in reply to: 39 weeks pregnant and skin is acting up #62463
    BigRed1984
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    Well my skin check went great. No issues. As usual the moles I was nervous about were normal. I have to remember that change isn’t necessarily cancerous. For me it’s normal to have the pigmentation on my moles change a bit. I suppose that makes sense.

    Jenni, I have been thinking about you! I am curious if you have your twins yet?

    in reply to: 39 weeks pregnant and skin is acting up #62462
    BigRed1984
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    Thanks ladies! It was a really great experience and I am starting to feel pretty normal mentally and physically. Not as much sleep as I would like. My almost 3 year old has adjusted pretty well. She loves on her sister more often then she used to. However she does act out a lot more than before, the new baby has brought out her mean streak.

    Tomorrow is my 6 month check and I must say I am freaking out a little bit. Late pregnancy brought on some change in a few of my moles. I am hoping all will be well, and if isn’t nothing looks too crazy so I am sure it would be caught early. I will update when I get back from the check.

    in reply to: 39 weeks pregnant and skin is acting up #62458
    BigRed1984
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    Jenni- it’s funny you updated on Wednesday because…..I had my daughter on Wednesday! It was the most incredible experience of my life. I managed an unmedicated VBAC and my doctor let me catch the baby. I’m still on high from it. Best day of my life. Now if I can just get a good skin check I can relax enjoy life for a while!

    in reply to: 39 weeks pregnant and skin is acting up #62455
    BigRed1984
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    I’m comforted by you guys. Thank you so much for sharing your pregnancy skin experiences with me. I wish none of us were in this boat but since we are it’s nice we have each other! I’m feeling calmer, I suppose I had one of those “freak outs.” It’s emotionally draining seeing my skin change and wonder what if this is the beginning of a new… I am trying to let go and just enjoy the last few days of my pregnancy. I will be able to see my doctor in a few weeks.

    To all the pregnant mommas, I wish you safe, happy, healthy pregnancies, and good deliveries! Keep us posted :D

    in reply to: Feeling very anxious lately #62450
    BigRed1984
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    It might seem impossible but it will get easier. You will always live with the fear, but in time it will become much less intense. Eventually you may go weeks without even thinking about melanoma! At least that has been my experience. At first it was all consuming and I spent countless hours in front of the mirror poking and prodding myself. Gradually my freak outs have become spaced further and further apart. Over time you will literally memorize your skin and any change is going to stick out like a sore thumb. I suggest getting professional full body photography. It’s not perfect but helpful. On occasion I will think I found a new mole only to put in my disk and realize it was there all along. I wish you luck!

    in reply to: Tattoos? #61888
    BigRed1984
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    I was told no more tattoo’s. I may get more anyway. Besides the possibility of missing skin changes within the tattoo, my doctor mentioned that some of the ink can get into the lymph nodes, which can be mistaken for melanoma in a lymph node biopsy.

    in reply to: pregnant and scared of more melanoma #58477
    BigRed1984
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    ICEGURL! :D

    It is nice to meet you! I am sure breastfeeding will be fine. I wish you the best of luck. Pregnancy is such an amazing time it is unfortunate that we have to worry about this disease. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and no skin issues so far. I have grown a few new moles during my pregnancy, on my face, ewe, but nothing that would indicate more melanoma. Keep us posted and please ask if you have any more questions. This forum is super helpful.

    in reply to: Checking in on the melanoma mommas! #61270
    BigRed1984
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    twin boys, congratulations!!! What an exciting time. :D

    Aside from the nausea and biopsy I am glad to hear you are doing well.

    Keep us posted on the recent mole biopsy. I hope it comes back benign. Gotta love those pregnancy hormones changing everything.

    I am 26 weeks and I only have one baby but look huge. It’s all out front, I look like I am due much sooner than mid September. It’s fun though. I love my big baby belly :D

    in reply to: Freaking Out and I have a 3yr old!! #60576
    BigRed1984
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    your melanoma picture looks just like mine! I had mine for many years, just a normal tan symmetrical mole. But one day I looked at it and it had started to peel a little around the edges and it was a little pinker and larger. I went to the derm for a skin check and he removed two other moles, he didn’t even notice my melanoma. Upon returning to get my stitches out I pointed it out to him and luckily he removed it because it was cancerous.

    BigRed1984
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    Oh no Toastwave! I would be very frustrated. But I think I would go with 1. and do a conservative re-excision to get the margins. Unless you felt the mole was especially concerning. But if It looks like the others I would re-excise and hope for the best.

    DKo6, to answer your question my moles changed some but not alarmingly during pregnancy last time. I developed several new moles, and some of my old ones got darker and some larger. I think they got larger because they were in areas where my skin stretched a lot. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with #2 and there are no significant changes so far, I am sure most of my changes occured late in the pregnancy last time.

    Toastwave, I am very excited for you and your growing family. I hope you will post when you have the baby and fill us in on the details.

    Jenni, I am excited for you as well. I hope you are out of the nausea soon!

    Have a beautfiul day! :D

    in reply to: Sunscreen help please! #59716
    BigRed1984
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    oh goodness, there are so many choices! I have tried many and I am still looking for my perfect match. I like using Environmental Working Group’s skin deep data base. It scores sunblock based on it’s toxicity. Unfortunately, I have used a few products that were not too effective for heavy sun exposure. If I am going in the water I stick to harsh chemical spray on’s with high UV protection. Otherwise I have had no trouble with zinc products. Here is a link, I think they will update for 2013 soon. For the kiddo I use badger infants spf 34, she looks like a ghost but it is so natural it doesnt burn her eyes. http://www.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/

    in reply to: possible new mole in incision site #60143
    BigRed1984
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    I’m hoping it’s nothing! I had a scar line scare too. Turned out to be a cyst. It scared the crap out of me! I’m easily scared these days. Best of luck! :D

    in reply to: pregnant and scared of more melanoma #58472
    BigRed1984
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    Jenni, you poor thing. I really feel for you. I will keep you and your twin-lets in my prayers. Hang in there. It will pass and then you will have plenty of time to enjoy your pregnancy and get excited for those kiddos.

    Sorry to hear the zofran didn’t work for you. :(

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