Well, in May last year after having an enlarged inguinal node and headaches for a while which culminated in a small seizure, I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma- unknown primary, after biopsy of the enlarged node. The CT showed two 3.5cm brain mets so we got up close and personal straight off.
I'm a 38 year old single mother to an adorbale girl who's now 4, so it was all a bit surreal. It's a lot more real now, especially after a double craniotomy, another craniotomy, chemo (unsuccessful) and 3 bouts of SRS thanks to the grand total of another 11 brain mets popping up since the original diagnosis :)
BUT, I'm still here, I'm still me, I'm still caring for my girl and I'm still enjoying my life immensely. And the here and now is all that matters. Yes, I may have melanoma... but it will never have me.
:)Keep sticking it to melanoma, I say.
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Hi Donna,Glad to hear you have had good experiences with your health team. Don't forget also that we will have two oncology counsellors live online for a chat on Nov 25 at 6pm. Maybe that could help a bit?.www.cancersupportonline.org.au/livechat Feel free to message if you have any question. Totocol
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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.