Doreen's story

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My daughter, Jen Schwein, was diagnosed in January 2012 with stage IV melanoma. She was a tanner for about 10 years.

She had a very small mole on her left ankle and had it removed by the dermatologist.  The doctor said it was precancerous and to come back in six months for a checkup. Before the six months, Jen had come over to do laundry and had a small, what looked like a bug bite, on her back. Well, in a week it became bigger and when she went to the dermatologist again, which was a week or so later, it was the size of a half dollar. They sent a sample to be tested and it came back that she had melanoma. We found out after scans and MRIs that Jen's cancer had spread.Please if you are reading this story, know that tanning and unprotected sun exposure causes melanoma and it can take your life.

Jen was a loving person, always so giving and concerned for others. She was just very scared and confused about what was going to happen. She asked God, "What is my purpose in life," and heard Him say to, “Save others."

I believed til the day she passed that God was going to spare her life. But 11 months after she was diagnosed, she passed away at our home.

She started a book to bring awareness to others, which I promised I would finish if she didn't make it.

Please, if you are reading this story, know that tanning and unprotected sun exposure causes Melanoma and it can take your life. Jen would love it if someone read her story and was saved from ever having to deal with this aggressive cancer.

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