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.