Recently diagnosed with Stage 1b


If I were to write a book about the last 30 months it would be entitled "My Life with Cancer." It would start with the story of my father in-law's last year of a twenty year battle with throat cancer. Followed by the diagnosis and treatment of my mother's colon cancer and her eventual cancer-free diagnosis. I would tell you about my colonoscopy, about new diagnostic tools and about what these advances mean for early diagnosis. I would tell you that just when we were starting to get back to normal, my mother in-law called, it was cholangiocarcinoma. I would tell you about her care and trying to take care of myself at the same time, and then I would tell you about a mole, an itch, a biopsy, a diagnosis of malignant melanoma, and a surgery. I would end there, because I don't know what to expect next, but I do know that attitude makes all the difference, and that community helps. I have great support at home, and would love some help from those of you online about what to expect. I am an avid runner. I love to garden and be outdoors. I work in biotechnology. I love my job. It involves travel and a lot of time at a desk. 

If you have any advice how to help my recovery, and how to move forward it is all greatly appreciated.

Hope all of you here the very best.


Thu, 2014-10-02


Emcjones1 - (12/4/2014 - 11:46pm)

Sept 30 2014, WLE rt calf and inguinal SNB. Two of three nodes positive a single cell each... Not micromets, a single cell each. 

Two second opinions and a crash course in melanoma literature I have declined interferon and CLND a and opted for momit orient following the MSLTII protocol, and alternating PET and Ctc scans every two months.

I am a 50 year old female biomedical scientist with stage 3a melanoma.