I was just told I have stage IV melanoma under my great toe nail. For 2 1/2 years they treated it as a toe fungus but it wouldn't go away. So on 10/14/13 they removed my toenail and did a biopsy on the skin and it is melanoma. On 10/29/13 they will take me to surgery and remove the toe and lumps on my inner thigh. I have great doctors and I feel hopeful and greatful for every day. I feel the love and support from those that love me and I fight the fight for myself and loved ones and others in my boat. The love of God keeps me strong and I will not stop fighting. I am in survivor mode now. Love and prayers to all.
I WILL fight the fight!
Melanoma Quick Facts
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide. Consider:
- One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma
People under 30 are developing melanoma at an alarming rate – the incidence soaring by 50% in young women since 1980
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 & the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29
- In 2009, nearly 63,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma in the U.S., resulting in about 8,650 deaths
- The American Cancer Society projects that nearly 77,000 will be diagnosed and 10,000 will die from melanoma this year
- Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma
- Every hour of every day, someone will die from the disease