My name is Heidi and I'm 27 years old. I was diagnosed with melanoma at the Elmendorf AFB hospital in Anchorage, Alaska in October 2013. The dermatologist performed a shave biopsy, and assured me that he didn't think anything was wrong. My husband was in the middle of getting out of the Army the week I was diagnosed, so my dermatologist referred me to the Vanderbilt Cancer Center in Nashville, TN because we were moving to Knoxville, TN. I had a great surgical oncologist there who performed the WLE and sentinel node biopsy. Unfortunately, the biopsy found 4 positive lymph nodes of the 8 that he removed. Two weeks later, I had a radical neck dissection, where no more new positive lymph nodes were found. Unfortunately, during the radical neck dissection, my doctor severed my spinal accessory nerve and I'm having some difficulties with that. Vanderbilt told me that their clinical trial was closed, so I was referred to the Thompson Cancer Center here in Knoxville, TN. Thankfully, they accepted me and I was randomized for the high dose Yervoy infusions. I have my port placement on Monday and then have my first infusion on Thursday. I've read through a lot of the forum posts on here and I have learned a lot. Does anyone have any advice for me as I begin? Thank you so much!