On this date in 1992 I had just returned from my followup visit to NIH after 3 rounds of IL-2 where I learned that I was a complete response to treatment. I knew that I was responding well to the IL-2, and it was thrilling to be able to feel my last SQ tumor grow smaller and eventually disappear. I had had mets to both lungs and numerous subcutaneous tumors. For several years, I worried about recurrence, but I learned that at some point a recurrence was unlikely. I was 35 when diagnosed; now I'm 64.
Since then, I've not had any more melanomas. I have had several basal cell carcinomas, including 3 which required Mohs surgery on my face, but they had very nice cosmetic outcomes and haven't recurred.
I've been following this board for many years now, and it's exciting to see the treatment of advanced melanoma progress. I know that progress sometimes seems too slow, but there are more folks surviving now than back when I was diagnosed. I fully recognize how fortunate I was, and I continue to be thankful. I hope you see me as an example of long term survival after a dire prognosis.
My best to all of you.