I am almost 1 year NED. Feb. 25 will be the one year anniversary of when they removed the lymph nodes in my left groin. Prior to that I had 2 surgeries to remove melanoma from the bottom of my left foot. I staged at IIIb.
I have been wearing a thigh-high compression garment since May, but I have a lot of fluid hanging around my abdomen. It took me from November to February to get an appointment with a lymphatic therapist. She has been teaching me the self massage routine, actually my husband helps me too. So, we have only been at this a short time. Last night I/we noticed a very tender area on my side a few inches below my armpit. With my arm in the right position, there is also a lump or hard area to be felt.
I am hoping that this is somehow related to the lymphedema and is not more melanoma. On the other hand, I'm not feeling quite as jubilant as I was about reaching the one year mark. I actually had planned to celebrate like it was a birthday or something because I feel like all the time that I have lived since the cancer was removed is a gift from God. Even with all of the physical restrictions, I am glad to be alive. Now I am afraid that the cancer may be back. The only good thing is that in the next 2 weeks I already have appointments scheduled with all of the appropriate doctors, so it will get looked at several times.
Has anyone else had something similar happen?