Patient Stories

With a diagnosis of melanoma, the future can suddenly seem filled with uncertainty. Sharing experiences and reading the stories of others who have been through the same situation, can be comforting and reassuring.

Read through the stories below, or submit your story.

I'm a 55 year old RN. Had a melanoma removed from my calf in 2009; it returned on the same leg in 2012, and persisted after 3 resections. Now it's Yervoy time, 2 doses so far, 3rd next week.
I have a strong family history of melanoma. Awareness made me feel safe. But there was a gap in my knowledge. Now stage 2A. How did I get here?? I thought I knew what to look for! Beware of nodular!!
Stage 3b - Primary Unknown
A stage 4 patient with lung mets in perfect health following NIH's TIL adoptive cell transfer treatment.
I was diagnosed with Conjunctival Melanoma, a rare ocular melanoma in 2003. There is a strong possibility that it is not sun related. I never was a sun worshipper. I'm determined to conquer the beast!
I was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma on June 2, 2010
Beating Melanoma!
I have since learned that being beautiful is NOT about being tan.
I turned 50 Aug 2010 and requested a colonoscopy. I was scheduled for the test 2/7/2011. The ulcerated 6.75mm lesion was found during the exam and then removed 3/25/2011 - Diagnosis Anal Melanoma
Stage IV, how could this be!!!

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