Good morning, Friends!
Yes, melanoma is an E-Ticket ride filled with ups and downs and all kinds of surprises.
Last Tues, Dr. E took out 3 blobs of melanoma meat. The largest was 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm, my largest to date. In the past, I've had many of these removed before and sometimes I've even had them removed with just a local. This was just fine, though keeping my arm still and in whatever odd "yoga" position the doc wanted it in was a challenge. This time, the doc wouldn't do it under a local. He just explained that I didn't need to be awake for all of this. I took his advice.
And I'm so glad I did. I am now the proud owner of two very impressive, 6-inch incisions all up the backside of my arm! It looks like a shark bit me. Twice! So that's the story I'm going with... I was surfing the pier and two sharks came from the depths and took a chunk. Of course, I finished my run of the pier and then got medical attention ;-). Anyone who knows this SoCal Girl will know that Julie doesn't surf-- tried it many moons ago in high school and found that it's cold and wet. Mountains are more of my thing.
Ok, so forgive all my many references to SoCal in this post. I'm just playing and very happy to be NED again!
Wishing you peace,
Julie in SoCal
Stage 3c (TXN2cM0)-- 2008 WLE, SNB, LND, HD-INF, GM-CSF, SubqQ2013 IPI, SubQ 2014 PEMBRO, SubQ 2017 resected; Feb 2019 SubQ T-VEC
Stage 3a 2017 NSC VATs; Carboplatin & Pemextred; radiation