I have recently been diagnosed stage 1b. The melanoma was 1.8 mm- no ulceration- mitotic rate of 3- which I know is bad! I guess I just read everywhere about all of these stage 1 and 2 patients who 10 years later have it return. Is there no chance of long Term survival? I already had lymph nodes check and they came back negative. I guess I'm just not seeing to much positive about this and feel like I am just waiting for it to progress to stage 4. I'm a terrified new mom and afraid I won't be here see my little girl blow out her birthday candles.