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My life with stage 4 malignant melanoma
I was diagnosed with melanoma in May 2006, after a 'mole' was removed from my left ankle after giving birth to my 3rd little girl. I was sent to St George's hospital in London to be under the Melanoma team there. A daunting place at first but somewhere I've become comfortably familiar with! I had a sentinel node biopsy (sentinel nodes removed from behind my knee and groin) and a skin graft. The snb was positive in my groin so I then went on to have a groin dissection. Then in Feb 09 after a very painful 08, I had a large mass removed from my pelvis along with a pelvic clearance. I was on the Avastin trial from May 09 until January 10, when a CT showed a nodule in my abdomen/pelvis, somewhere next to my colon. I had this removed on 8th April and am now waiting for follow up with the surgeons and oncologists next week.
I'm now 33, married my husband in August 2008 we have three beautiful, fun and frenzied little girls who are 11, 6 and 4. The shock of being diagnosed with cancer has thankfully passed, I would never want to go through that again. However, the emotional rollercoaster that came along has led us to some bad times but also having learnt to appreciate the small things and life in general, some truly wonderful ones. Hence the title muck and marvels.
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