Hi Kate I was also diagnosed with Melanoma at the start of the year. I had a small biopsy which confirmed Melanoma then had to wait for surgery to get a final diagnosis and staging. It was on the side of my head, so I had to see a plastic surgeon, so that was scary in itself! The waiting was terrible, we have a young family and have had melanoma in my immediate family so I was familiar with this awful disease. Its totally up to you to find out as little or as much as you feel appropriate. I wanted to know everything, probably researched the internet to much. But in the end its my specialists that I trusted to give me the information I needed. My melanoma was an early stage and since its been removed I'm just on regular checks. Good luck with everything! And like you I didn't tell anybody except for family for a couple of weeks, but in the end I needed help from my friends so I let them know. It was the best thing I did.
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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.