Wide excision surgery - MelissaC

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Skin Cancer - Melanoma. Posted on September 8, 2012 View this journey (4 Experiences)

I had no idea what to expect with my surgery. My dermatologist told me that they would remove 2 cm X2 cm and I was shocked after I took the bandages off 2 days later. I had a 6 inch incision with 22 stitches and it was like a shark bite. they went deep down to the bone on the back of my thigh. I was not prepared for that at all. Recovery took a long time. I was off work for 2 weeks and had a hard time moving around. I ended up having an infection in my incision and going back to work was very difficult. One of the hardest parts of recovery, was that I felt like no one cared about my surgery and melanoma diagnosis. they seemed to think that it was okay now, since it was removed. I was given the "all clear" right before I went back to work. My lymph nodes were clear and the borders from the wide excision biopsy were clear. Melanoma has impacted my daily life because I had to change my whole life. I was an avid outdoor tanner and only tanned indoors for less than a year when I was diagnosed. I was 39 when I was diagnosed. I started blogging about my experiences and created a facebook page as well. I also decided to start my photography business, that I always wanted. I viewed things so differently. I was scared of being outdoors as first. Summer was not the same that year. I learned to live with my diagnosis, and to protect myself, so I can still enjoy being outdoors and feel safe. I have done TV interviews,and I spoke at a Relay for Life cancer event about my experience. I love to educate about melanoma, because I didn't know about it, and I want others to know that tanning is not safe, ever. I was never a public speaker, but I am passionate about educating about melanoma!

Went as Expected: Disagree
Minimal Recovery: Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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