Hello Stranger, It’s been a while. I can’t really pinpoint why it has been so
There have been many times over the past year that I have
wanted to blog. I am working almost 50
hrs a week, have a side business, my kids are now 7 & 17... There just aren’t enough hours in the day
I think I also put a lot of pressure on myself as far as the
page and blog were concerned. I started
it with the purpose of sharing my story and experiences, but then I somehow
pressured myself to find an additional direction that may not have been
Finally, I was very confused about a lot with my
diagnosis. Last May, when I was having a
wide excision on my scalp for a dysplastic nevi that they could not rule out
was in situ from the biopsy (it was ruled out with the WE), the doctor made a
comment about my original melanoma being stage 1. WHAT??
I had no idea and had never heard anything other than in situ. So I talked to my dermatologist, I looked at
my pathology. I still wasn’t clear. Basically, the best way I can comprehend it
was that my original diagnosis was in situ, but they “couldn’t rule out
tumorous spread”. Well, when I got my
results after that wide excision, the surgeon only told me that I had clear
margins. I always wondered why my in
situ follow up program more resembled that of someone who was stage 1. It’s very confusing to me. I think I had to take some time away from
sharing, although I do still on my personal facebook page, and in real life, to
absorb that change.
I’m thankful that my follow up has been more proactive in
the past few years. My last appointment
was the first after graduating from the 3 month to the 6 month screening
schedule. I am still donating 2-3 moles
at each check. The last one, I had a
heart shaped mole on my finger. I have
traded it for a cross looking scar. I
also had one on my leg that was removed.
It was dysplastic, but with clear margins. I have been told to watch it for brown spots
as it heals. I go back in July or August
for my next check.
So that is a quick update on where I have been and what’s
been going on. I have been feeling
inspired to blog about experiences again, but felt an update was needed before
diving back in.