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♥ Help Fight The Cause

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On April 16th, 2011…I will be doing the MS Walk at The Columbus Zoo.  Join us for a stroll through the zoo or donate to the cause.

 

♥ It’s A Good Day

This morning I had my 6 month full body mole scan.  I have not had a clean mole scan since all of this started back in October of 2009.  As I walked into the Central Ohio Skin & Cancer office, I could feel my heart beat faster.  I was attempting to stay positive but could feel the anxiety starting to take hold.

Once I was in the exam room and stripped of all my clothes, I started to shake.  I knew the doctor was keeping an eye on 2 moles but wasn’t sure if she was going to take them off now or wait.  I have reached a point now where I can’t even look at a damn band-aid without getting a knot in the pit of my stomach.  As she started going over my entire body, she was measuring the moles while her nurse took down the information.  After the entire scan was done, the doctor showed me one more mole that I have to watch carefully.

This was my first mole scan where I did not have anything removed.  I go back in for another 6 month mole scan in September, unless my moles change or reappear in the spots already removed.

I am breathing lighter today as well as feeling blessed.  I do have 3 moles that I do have to watch carefully, and maybe in September she will take them off.  But for now, my total moles removed stands at 23.

Stats of the moles removed are:

2 ~ Melanoma’s (1st one was non-invasive Stage 0 AKA in-situ, & 2nd one was invasive Stage 1A) moles. Both were Superficial Spreading Melanoma’s.
9 ~ Mildly dysplastic (pre-cursor for Melanoma) moles.
12 ~ Completely normal moles.

 

 

♥ Tears Of Joy

This morning my skin cancer doctor called me with my biopsy results.  Both of the moles came back with no cancer cells…WHEW!!!  They were dysplastic but the 2nd removal got all the cells this time.

I can relax for a short time before my next visit with Dr. Nash on March 7th at the Powell location.  I am sure she will be removing more moles since she  made note of a couple moles.

My vanity sure bit me in the ass!!

♥ The Unknown Is The Hardest

Waiting to find out whether or not I have 1 or 2 possible Melanoma’s is absolutely maddening!!  I have been gorging out on brownies, cookies, ice cream, pizza, and Mt. Dew without doing any of my workouts as a way to calm my nerves.

Here is what I’m looking at in terms of my 2 returning dysplastic moles.  They will either be returning dysplatic moles because the 1st shave biopsy did not get all the cells even though the biopsy report read free & clear. I am praying that this is the case!! Or…I am looking at Melanoma!! If it is Melanoma, I am hoping that it will be either In-Situ or 1A.  Anything after 1A will require treatments of chemo, radiation, or high doses or Interferon.

Now, there is a possibility that I could get a false-positive Melanoma because of the 1st shave biopsy distorting the 2nd biopsy.  But since they have my 1st shave biopsy, they will have a more precise determination.

I should find out this coming week what the results are.  Pray that I am healthy and well.



♥ When Will This Madness Stop!!!

A couple weeks ago while doing my monthly mole check, Bruce found a mole that was removed back in December of 2009 that had grown back.  I went through my paperwork and found that is was one of the 9 mildly dysplatic nevus.  These moles are the precursor to Melanoma.

So since I had my next mole mapping on March 7th, we figured we would just watch it and if it grew bigger before my mole mapping I would call Dr. Nash’s office and be seen.  Well, then Saturday night Bruce noticed yet another mole that was removed had grown back.  This one too was a mildly dysplatic nevus.  The mole that grew back is definitely larger in size with pigment loss in the center…not a good sign.

I called the doctor this morning and was transferred to the nurse’s triage department because the scheduling department did not see an opening for several weeks.  The scheduling nurse did say that most likely I will have to have surgery on both moles to make sure we remove all the bad cells.  Dr. Nash’s nurse called me back within an hour and had me scheduled for 9:30 am on January 18th, 2011 in the Powell location to be seen.  I am not sure if I will be having the moles removed tomorrow or if she will be just assessing them and then scheduling the surgery.  Either way, they have to come off and biopsied again.