Julia's M. story

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In April 2008 I had a suspicious mark on my shoulder that turned out to be melanoma. After surgery and a sentinel node biopsy, it was determined that one of my lymph nodes had the disease. I did a year of Interferon shots at home. In May 2009 the melanoma spread to my lungs and liver. I started a high dose IL2 treatment at St Louis University Hospital in July of 2009. The original results were not good. The disease did not respond to the treatment. I had a suspicious mark on my shoulder that turned out to be melanoma.
I was sent to the NCI to look into a clinical trial. After further testing it was determined that the disease was showing signs of remission. I was having a delayed reaction to the treatment. We call it a miracle! I did another 2 rounds of the high dose treatment followed by a year of monthly lower dose IL2 treatments. In Mar 2010 I was declared cancer free! Praise God!! And have remained cancer free to this day!

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