I was diagnosed six years ago with stage I melanoma. I went through surgery and a lymph node removal and was told all was clear. My life resumed normally after that scare and my wife, Ches, and I celebrated when we went passed the five year mark. Well, surprise, surprise. This last summer I noticed a lump in my latissimus muscle. My doctor thought it would be benign, but with my history, we had surgery. Yikes. Turned out it was melanoma, but the surgeon and pathology showed that all was removed and margins were clear. To be safe we did a PET scan. Then the truth emerged. I was found to have five more possible lesions in my body and was diagonosed with stage IV. The support from my family and my friends has been unbelievable. After doing research and talking to doctors I think that there are therapies that will help. We are postponing IPI and Zelboraf for the BRAF gene until I undergo IL 2 therapy, which I am actually starting today, Oct. 17. I am full of hope as the lesions are only in muscles and feel a positive attitude is the way to go. What has been inspirational are the stories I have read from fellow patients on this site. You all have given me reason to believe. Thank you!!