Melanoma

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It is all a bit of a shock

Eden Rob
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I had a mole removed from my shoulder in  September after my GP and original consultation said it wasn’t anything to worry about. Turns out it was Melanoma and have had 1 cm removed around the site.

I can’t get my head around it as it was completely unexpected. 

latchbrook
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Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

If you take a look at my profile you'll see that I was exactly where you are now 3 years ago when a lesion on my arm turned out to be melanoma so I do completely understand how shocked you feel and so will a lot of other people in this group.

However, I can assure you that you will get to a point when it's not the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think about before you go to sleep. 

I presume that the "1cm removed around the site" that you mention is the wide local excision (WLE). Have you had the results back from that yet?

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Eden Rob
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Hi

thanks for your reply and your advice etc.  The operation was only done on Friday so won’t get the results for a couple of weeks.  

latchbrook
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Make sure you come back and let us know how you get on.

What stage is your melanoma? I looked in your profile but you haven't said but as you don't mention having a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) I'm guessing it was 1a.

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Eden Rob
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 I will do, to be honest I don’t know what stage it is I don’t remember being told if I was 

latchbrook
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Hi

How did your WLE go and have you had the results back yet? I'm hoping that you're recovering well from it.

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Eden Rob
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It went well it healed ok.    Mentally in a bit if a mess but I am getting help to get back to some kind of normality.  I am still waiting for the results, apparently there is a backlog. 

latchbrook
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That's great to hear that your WLE has healed well but I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling mentally.

Having a cancer diagnosis does come as a big shock and even when everything has been removed and treatment has finished it can still overshadow our lives. I'm glad that you've recognised this and are getting help.

If you feel that talking about it here would help then please do as I'm sure that there'll be lots of people who can relate to how you feel.

Do come back and let us know when you have the results. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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