Hi, my name is Candace. Last year, I was diagnosed with melanoma, stage 3C. Let me tell you, I had no idea this skin cancer was this bad or aggressive. Since I’ve been diagnosed, I’ve had the melanoma tumor removed from top/side of head, one positive lymph node removed, a dissection of the neck (all 14 nodes came back clean), then I had port put in and removed. I was on treatment.
Last week, I had to get a scan done to see if the cancer came back. Well, the scan showed something on my lungs. I had a lung biopsy done and received the results today. The melanoma has moved to my lungs. Now I’m getting the port put back in and am starting new treatments next week.
I am a mother of 5 beautiful children (4 boys and 1 girl). I will not let this cancer get me! I’ve been told I’m a tough lady. Well, I’m going to fight with everything I have. I have way too much to live for. I want people to know, please, please, don’t overlook anything unusual on your body. It could be nothing, it could be something. Fighting like a girl.
UPDATE (8/18/15): Hi, my name is Candy. I’ve actually been on here before, but a lot has happened since last time. I have melanoma, and it started on my head/scalp. I went thru interferon treatments, which totally sucked.
Well, a few months ago, I had a CT scan, and it came back with melanoma in my lungs. So I went on new treatments, which I was so sure would work. But this past Monday, I found out the spot on my lung has gotten a little bigger. I was devastated, so now I’m waiting for my insurance so I can start new treatments.
I was very upset at first, crying and all that, and now I’m pissed. But all in all, I have been blessed and grateful for awesome family and friends. My niece has nicknamed me THE CHAMP because I’m a fighter. I won’t let this cancer beat me. I do Fight Like A Girl. Thank you for letting me share my story.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
Hang in there, Candace, keep fighting with everything you’ve got. You’ll never know how many people are wishing you well and willing you on each step of the way. I’ll be holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. <3