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Hi there…sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I was in your shoes just a year ago. I was diagnosed last July. The anxiety and panic was tremendous. I took some advice from many people and then made the conclusion that I needed to stop worrying so much or I would probably die from a heart attack. Get your check ups, stay vigilant with your skin, and focus on the positives. I know its hard to do that, but everyone on this site is or has gone through it. It will get better. I didn’t think it would, but it has been. I wish you the best and thank God for this site. There are so many wonderful people here that have helped so many of us. God Bless!! Hi Steve,
I kind of know how you are feeling too. I was diagnosed with a stage 1a melanoma this past July. This site has been a God send, and like you, I learned so much about melanoma in such a short time. My mole was removed in June, wasn’t diagnosed as melanoma until
July, and removed a month later in August. According to the oncologist, the amount of time that had elapsed was not detrimental.(although I thought it was). The next two months (Sept and Oct) were nothing but panic filled. I was so tense that my jaw would lock from the tension. It started to get better in November and even a bit better now in December. I have had a couple of body checks already and I am always looking to see if I notice anything new or different. As for the WLE, I still get tingling at the site, but I can deal with that, knowing that the worst was removed. Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery and try to keep your mind in a positive state. I always tell myself that I was lucky to have gotten it so early.
Glad you posted this. I took an hour of my time to watch it. Amazing how far researchers/doctors have come. I would advise everyone to view it. So happy to hear….I wish you a lifetime of good reports. I have had two skin exams since diagnosis. So far, so good, but the worrying is killing me.October 6, 2012 at 3:26 am in reply to: Not diagnosed–but hope it is ok to post a question. #56758 Ever since my diagnosis, I seem to look at other’s mole too. I actually had a nother teacher come to me and wanted me to look at her moles. She did hve a mole that was a bit ulcerated. She took my advice and went to the dermatologist. Ended up having to get over thirty moles removed and three of them, including the one I mentioned were Basal Cell. If I see something suspicious, I am going to continue to speak up. So happy that all went well!!! The anxiety alone is enough to send anyone over the edge. Hi Jenni,
Glad to hear that your visit went well.
Thanks Laurie! Hello again,
I do not have a lot of information yet, but I was watching Doctor Oz a few weeks back. It was a rerun with Montel Williams, who takes Vitamin D with a chlorophyll tablet. I haven’t investigated the chlorophyll tablets yet, but according to MONTEL, a variety of natural things that he is doing is helping his MS condition. Wouldn’t hurt to look into.
It was on my upper arm, between elbow and shoulder. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I think I am very stressed and maybe doing a little too much research. I am going to try some relaxing techniques and just focus on things I enjoy doing. Thanks again, for your input. Thanks for a quick response. I guess i am looking for peace of mind. Had my stitches removed today. The oncologist said that he was done with me and to get my checkups every three months or so, with my dermatologist (going 9/5). I am relieved that this phase is over, but I cannot get rid of the tremendous anxiety I am having. Even though the margins were clear and the WLE was done, I have this fear that maybe I still have it in me. Was a SNB needed? Most reports , including the oncologist, say that in my case it wasn’t needed. Is there any input?? Let me know.
PS- I don’t have any swelling anywhere.
Thank you Catherine for responding to my pathology report!! I’m feeling somewhat better reading all these positive comments about my circumstances. I am having some extra anxiety, but I will try to work on that. I also want to Thank You for creating this website. It truly makes a negative situation a bit easier having others help to answer questions or to even talk about some legitimate concerns. Thank you for the Spitz info. The report did favor melanoma by 94%. The melanoma oncologist read the report and thought the excision was needed. Getting my stitches out next Tues. So I will inquire .
PS- I’ve been a worry wort for 27 years. It can suck the life out of you. I need to stop worrying about things I cannot control. However, easier said than done.