New Diagnosis

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Anonymous
10/8/2017 6:44pm
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I had a squamous cell taken off my leg earlier this year. I went back in last week for a six-month recheck and pointed out a pink spot on my arm. The dermatologist said it looked like a basal cell so she biopsied it. She called Friday to tell me it's an amelanotic melanoma. Stage 1 and 0.5 mm on Breslow scale. She's sending the biopsied skin in for a DecisionDX gene testing. While I know it's an early stage, and she doesn't recommend lymph node testing, I'm pretty much freaking out and my anxiety is increasing greatly over the weekend. The WLE is set for October 17. Here looking for support and guidance. 

ldub - (10/8/2017 - 11:54pm)

This may sound weird, but congratulations to you for advocating for yourself and finding your amelanotic melanoma at an early stage.  Melanoma is a terrifying discovery, but you are so lucky that you found it when you did!  It sounds like you will probably *just* have a WLE and that will most likely be the end of your melanoma journey, statistically speaking.  I know many on this board who have had early stage and  amelanotic melanoma will probably weigh in on this, but for me, the first months after diagnosis were the most difficult.  As time goes on, your initial fears should subside, but remain diligent with your check ups and self-checks and the odds will be in your favor.  Good luck with your WLE!

ldub - (10/8/2017 - 11:54pm)

This may sound weird, but congratulations to you for advocating for yourself and finding your amelanotic melanoma at an early stage.  Melanoma is a terrifying discovery, but you are so lucky that you found it when you did!  It sounds like you will probably *just* have a WLE and that will most likely be the end of your melanoma journey, statistically speaking.  I know many on this board who have had early stage and  amelanotic melanoma will probably weigh in on this, but for me, the first months after diagnosis were the most difficult.  As time goes on, your initial fears should subside, but remain diligent with your check ups and self-checks and the odds will be in your favor.  Good luck with your WLE!

ldub - (10/8/2017 - 11:54pm)

This may sound weird, but congratulations to you for advocating for yourself and finding your amelanotic melanoma at an early stage.  Melanoma is a terrifying discovery, but you are so lucky that you found it when you did!  It sounds like you will probably *just* have a WLE and that will most likely be the end of your melanoma journey, statistically speaking.  I know many on this board who have had early stage and  amelanotic melanoma will probably weigh in on this, but for me, the first months after diagnosis were the most difficult.  As time goes on, your initial fears should subside, but remain diligent with your check ups and self-checks and the odds will be in your favor.  Good luck with your WLE!