In September, my dermatologist moved me from the 3 month follow up schedule to the 6 month schedule. I expected that to happen in December, so she did catch me off guard. She told me that I didn't have many moles and the few I did have weren't concerning to her and that it had been over 2 years, so she felt comfortable making that conversion. She made it very clear to me that if I had any concerns to call in, and that I should call her advice nurse and remind them that I've had melanoma, rather than just call the appointment line, so that I would get in faster.
I was anxious and around December, I did convince myself that one of my moles was getting bigger. I knew it wasn't, but it is amazing the tricks you can play on your mind at times. Once the stress of my husbands entire family visiting for almost 3 weeks passed, my mind also calmed.
I also was struggling with an important decision regarding my health coverage. Since my diagnosis, my premium has gone from a figure that was about 30% to about 60% of my part time income. I did explore changing insurance companies. I knew which dermatology group I would switch to, highly recommended by others who have experienced all forms of skin cancer. I got quotes and applied. I was told that melanoma was quite common and normally not a big deal. Since I was able to have my site removed and no further treatment, I was hoping he was right. Needless to say that same agent was surprised that I was ineligible by both applications I sent in, and said he would have to find out why. I haven't heard from him again.
So after admitting that I would have to suck it up and pay the higher premium, I decided yesterday to call and schedule my skin check. I would be due in March, but due to work schedules, I asked if I could come in February even though it would be 5 months instead of 6.. I basically got to pick my date. So I get to go on Thursday. Even though I am not concerned about any spots, I do have a list already made of questions for her and I will be asking her about the spot I allowed to get in my head in December along with two others that we have discussed before.
I was overheard scheduling my appointment and was questioned by a co-worker about why I have to go for follow ups. We have talked about melanoma before, his wife recently had several pre-cancerous places removed, so I do appreciate that he is asking questions.