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Waiting for Shoe To Drop

Waiting for Shoe To Drop

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11/10/2019 3:47pm
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In 2007 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Melanoma. Excision removed it. Clear margins. (27 yr old at time)
In 2011 I was diagnosed with a second Stage 1 Melanoma. Excision removed it Clear margins (32 yr old at time)
Also, I have had 3 more excisions of major dysplasia. I have lost count of the subsequent minor dysplastic Nevis, and shave biopsies I have undergone over this decade.
So in some since, I have become numb to these diagnoses. Also I recognize how early all these have been caught and easily treated, that it seems like I should not be worried. Plus now that I am nearly a decade removde, I would figure that the fear that the shoe will finally drop one day would dissipate.

However about every six months I am reminded of my predisposition towards melanoma--and the uncertainty of what to do.
When I got LASIK, the doctor noticed a mole in the back of my eyeball that has to be monitored but hasn't changed in 2 years.
When I was tested for Sleep Apnea, my doctor noticed a white mass in my throat.
The fact these "moles" are now literally in places I cannot personally monitor only heightens this worry..

Which brings me to this rational for this post on this weekend...
Saturday morning, I woke up to two swollen lymph nodes in my left armpit that have not gone away over these 48 hours.

How long should I wait before I reach out to my doctor? Likely it is some infection that my kids have brought home from school, but I have no other real symptoms (colds, fevers, etc.)

Cindy Lou - (11/10/2019 - 7:59pm)

Each time I have had lymph nodes swell due to melanoma, they remained swollen and grew in size. They felt firm to the touch and painless. My doctor(s) at the time took the wait and watch approach until the nodes had been swollen for over a month and had grown in size. Hopefully, your nodes are just resisting an infection. Talk to your doctor about your concern so he/ she can keep a watchful eye on the situation. Best wishes to you.

Cindy Lou

Stage 3C resected; Primary cheek 1.9 ulcerated Clark lvl IV WLE neg SNB 7/2015; Satellite met cheek WLE 3/2016; Mets sentinel nodes SND & Parotidectomy 10/2018; 12 treatments Opdivo disc. in May 19; surgery mets in neck 9/19