Hi this is the first time I have ever written a blog however 2009 has brought a lot of "firsts" so far. My husband had a mole removed on Feb 15th by Feb 19th our whole world turned upside down when he got the call to say he had a 4mm deep melanoma. So began our journey! Andrew had a centinal node biopsy and one lymph node came back wwith melanoma (I didn't even know we had lymph nodes) he has since had all the tissue & 28 lymph nodes removed, CAT scan & PET scan - all with clear results. Andrew is going on a clinical trial so every 7 weeks for the next two years we go to Brisbane for an infusion & scans. He was told he has a 50% chance of survuving the next two years - apparently chemo doesn't work on melanoma cancer. Andrew is 36 and has had his skin checked every year for the past 6 years. In August 2008 he asked the skin doctor about getting the mole taken off & was told it was fine. So now we try to go back to normality but I've kind of forgotten what that is. Does anyone have good coping strategies for those times when you just want to scream. I'm being a rock for Andrew - no tears & positive words but I wonder what else I can do to help him?
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.