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  • in reply to: Follow up guidelines #63491
    Sznn
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    Over the past (almost) year I have had so many appointments with the GP, Dermatologist, Oncologist,Cancer Clinic…..

    They all give me slightly different information and I find it confusing.

    The dermatologist seems the most concerned and is adamant about 4 month skin checks.

    BTW – I am changing dermatologists as my current Dr. makes me anxious and rather angry after a minimal 1.5 wait each visit.

    Both the oncologist who did the WLE and the cancer clinic seemed rather nonchalant, telling me it is low risk and I probably will never have to deal with it again, etc.

    (I only went to the Cancer clinic because it is part of the protocol in Canada – gets you into the statistics I guess?)

    So I have decided it will be better for my mental health to get my skin checked on a 6 month basis as I think every 4 is too often.

    in reply to: Breslow 0.84, Clark 3 #62794
    Sznn
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    Hi Elsap,

    I rarely check this site, but hopped on today and saw yor post. I had a similar melanoma – .86mm / Clark’s 3. I was diagnosed in early April and had the WLE on July 31 – bit stressful to say the least.

    I had an Lymph node biopsy-because there was regression,and also because my dermatogoloist freaked me out.

    Everything went well – no further signs of melanoma.

    I have had a few more biopsies, but more or less feeling back to normal.

    Just try and relax as much as possible and I also recommend staying away from google….not worth the anxiety.

    Ask away if you have any other questions.

    S

    in reply to: Excellent tips on mental health #60528
    Sznn
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    Going to really have to attempt meditation – or something.

    I was feeling pretty relaxed about the whole scenario after getting the all clear from the oncologist a few weeks ago. Very short lived as I had a Derm checkup last week and Voila!…2 more spots need biopsy. One is really close to my eye.

    Now I am feeling anxious and back to thinking about melanomas again.

    Ugh, what a roller coaster ride.

    S

    in reply to: Update #62041
    Sznn
    Participant

    Just saw the oncologist this AM, margins and nodes= all clear.

    Very relieved and happy the stress is over!

    Everything is healing up nicely, so back to life as usual (with more sunscreen).

    All the best.

    S

    in reply to: Update #62038
    Sznn
    Participant

    I am feeling pretty good, not much pain, SNB incision is uncomfortable.

    Need to remember to take it easy, tried to do way too much yesterday and I am exhausted today. Going to pull off the bandages tomorrow and assess my new war wounds.

    in reply to: Sunscreen Protection #61554
    Sznn
    Participant

    True, but it would be nice to believe when you are wearing sunscreen that it is protecting you adequately.

    I like to go cycling, and some trips take hours. I cannot cycle fully covered up or I will melt. Although, I do wear a long sleeve jersey now and I sure hope the sunscreen on my face and legs is doing its job.

    in reply to: Sunscreen Protection #61552
    Sznn
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    in reply to: feeling scared #61045
    Sznn
    Participant

    Fabulous! :D

    Enjoy your summer – w/ sunscreen of course ;)

    in reply to: Just need to vent #61258
    Sznn
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    Sure hope it is OK to leave it that long 😯 guess I don’t really have much of a choice.

    Yep – better start riding and get into shape for that 100K+ ride.

    in reply to: Just need to vent #61256
    Sznn
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    Well I just got a hold of the surgeons office, I may get an appointment in August….maybe.

    That will be a 5 month wait from diagnosis.

    All I can say is aargh!

    in reply to: Just need to vent #61253
    Sznn
    Participant

    Wow Rojam – the UK really has Canada beat when it comes to waiting…yeesh!

    Universal health care at its finest.

    Our health care system is rapidly becoming 2 tier, those with $$ go across the border or go to private clinics (not covered by the medical system) to get things taken care of faster.

    I am not really stressed about the melanoma, although admit there is a slight nagging worry that I don’t have the all clear. I just really want to change jobs and great opportunities have been coming up. I am not sure when I will be available so it is causing me great frustration. Luckily it hasn’t manifested into migranes, but I suspect the hives I have had almost 2 weeks are caused by the quiet stress.

    Also the biopsy site has healed up nicely, is starting to fill in and look almost normal…and then I will have to start a square one.

    in reply to: Just need to vent #61251
    Sznn
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    Hi John,

    My dermatologist referred me to a surgical oncologist that seems to specialize in mastectomies. One the upside – she is very skilled doing SNLBs – on the downside it seems there are many people in need of more urgent care..than me :(

    I almost had to wait 6+ months for a derm appt. – but opted for a Dr. lacking in beside manner to get an earlier appointment. That wait is rather scary, as a few months can make a difference in melanoma cases (i know that now)

    I am in Vancouver – you would think that you could get a procedure done here without waiting forever.

    Oh well, hopefully I will get an appointment soon.

    Susan

    in reply to: Just need to vent #61248
    Sznn
    Participant

    Hi Catherine,

    I wouldn’t even know who to appeal to, to be honest. Our health care system is in dire straights. My dad needed a hip replacement last year and it was going to be a 2 year wait, luckily he found someone who could get him in sooner as he was in serious pain.

    I have never needed the medical system much until now, so have little experience with it. It is almost impossible to find a GP – most people go to walk in clinics.

    I think I will have to make a fuss to nail down an appointment.

    Have fun in Montreal- beautiful city!

    Susan

    in reply to: TIred all the time #61096
    Sznn
    Participant

    You might want to get your thyroid tested. If it is out of whack you will feel exhausted, I went through all that too 🙄

    in reply to: feeling scared #61030
    Sznn
    Participant

    Sorry elly11 – bad of me to assume everyone is in the know re: abbreviations.

    My advice to you (because I just went through the same process) is stay off the internet…ie. melanoma horror stories. I worked myself into a state reading stories online, but have really calmed down now, feeling much better and very lucky it was caught at a low risk stage.

    I sincerely hope your dermatologist is wrong and the excision will be the end of the road for you.

    Keep us posted.

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