The melanoma spot I had was more than 2 mm deep, so I had a sentinel node biopsy and wide excision was performed, removing a large chunk from my calf. What a painful procedure this biopsy was, but necessary! It indicated that the cancer had, indeed, gone into my lymph nodes. The results led to another surgery, a node dissection from my left groin. Three of those nodes were positive.
No treatment was performed because I also have MS, and there were concerns about how it would affect this autoimmune disease. I had two years of "scanxiety!" That is the anxiety experienced every time a scan is performed, waiting for results, then waiting for the next scan! Then the nightmare started all over again.
The cancer came back, this time in my abdomen, which led to another surgery, treatment, and radiation! The doctors insisted on interferon treatment this time because it was my second occurrence.
I had my second melanoma awareness benefit scheduled for May 24. I made it through two battles, but the war rages on. My mission now is to educate, bring awareness, and raise funds for much-need research to find a cure for the black beast called melanoma!