Recent diagnosis

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4/20/2014 4:00pm
Replies: 5

Hi! I have recently been diagnosed stage 1b melanoma. I'm a new mom a freaked out that I won't be around to see my baby grow up. Can stage 1b make it? Even if the primary is 1.8mm? 

Janner - (4/20/2014 - 5:24pm)

Stage IB still has a high survival rate.  No, not 100%.  But there are no guarantees with anything in life.  The first year is always a shock but things will get better with time and a little distance from diagnosis.  Be vigilant, not paranoid!  Even if you were to have a recurrence (still unlikely), that doesn't mean "death".  It means dealing with melanoma again.  And today, more than any time in the past, is when you want to deal with melanoma.  New treatments are cropping up - several within the last couple of years.  More in the pipeline.  It's definitely becoming a treatable disease!  So hang in there and try not to spend too much time worrying.  Pre-worry never helped anyone, and it just takes away from all the good stuff you have going in your life now!

Best wishes,


Stage IB since 1992, 3 MM primaries

Anonymous - (4/20/2014 - 5:39pm)

Thank you for the encouragement. Its so hard not to think about it all the time. I have wonderful dr.s around me- I'm trying to be positive and just pray that this is behind me.... With vigilant watching of course. My husband alarms knows our child will not see sunlight! 

Anonymous - (4/21/2014 - 10:10am)

My husband * already knows.... Not alarms- dumb phone! :). 

Kelly Smith - (4/23/2014 - 9:29am)

You have a good prognosis! Are they doing a sentinel lymph node biopsy? I am stage 3A, and I have a 6 week old, 3 year old, and 7 year old. I completely understand your fears! Try to stay off of google, and just come here for support, encouragement, and advice. <3

Anonymous - (4/23/2014 - 9:53am)

Thank you for the encouragement, Kelly! They did do a snb and it came back negative and margins were clear- thank you Jesus! Such an answer to prayer.  I know my post baby hormones are adding to the anxiety!  How are you soon and how do you stay positive?  What advice do you have for a newbie like me? :)

Google has been my worst enemy- except for finding this site!