Hi everyone. Just wanted to share my story so far with melanoma. I noticed a spot on my shoulder in about 2005. After mentioning it many times to my dr. And being told it was nothing it started changing more rapidly in 2013. At which point Dr still said it was nothing and saw no point to refer me to dermatologist. By 2014 I had met my out of pocket max for insurance and although my dr. Said the spot was still nothing she agreed to refer me to dermatologist (even though he will not understand why she sent me). As soon as dermatologist walked in he said it looked like melanoma and called in his colleague to confirm. They immediately did a punch biopsy with a most likely I would be back diagnosis. Sure enough in a few days I was called back in to talk with them. It was melanoma and a removal was scheduled. Resulting in a 5 inch scar down my shoulder. I was told it was just under the cut off depth for lymph node testing and proceeded with routine skin checks as only follow up. In January 2017 my armpit near the original site started to fill strange. By February I noticed a hard lymph node and went to my dr. (I had changed primary dr.s at this point) he said we could just wait and see but when I mentioned the melanoma I had previously had (he had forgotten?) He said we could still wait or do a surgical biopsy. I chose biopsy. It came back positive for melanoma. Now I have stage 3 and an oncologist. I meet with a different dr. On Monday to schedule a complete right axillary lymph node removal then either immunotherapy or a clinical trial. Haven't decided which yet. So I'm finding out how much I have to be my own advocate. I know the dr.s I have had are good and defiantly mean well but if I hadn't continued to push I hate to think of where I would have been at this point.