I was diagnosed with melanoma one year ago. My chronically suppressed immune system was the most likely cause. Five years of ongoing chemotherapy will do that to a guy. And the Florida sun probably had something to do with it, too.
My oncologist suggested I see a dermatologist about several suspicious looking spots on my head, back and shoulders. Those all turned-out to be OK. But a small, innocent looking brown spot on my left ear wasn’t.
Do you remember any of these posts from last year?
Whew! I was lucky. Melanoma is one of leading causes of cancer death in this country. But mine was caught early.
Now the secondary cancer–that’s an entirely different issue.
Fortunately like myeloma, there are a number of new drugs that are helping to postpone the inevitable.
Here is a link to a post I wrote about that today on HelpWithCancer.org:
The article I site features melanoma research done at Moffitt Cancer Center, where I see my myeloma specialist.
Melanoma/myeloma. It can get confusing! Developing either one isn’t fun. But I’m still around, writing, taking care of the pool–I’m my wife’s “cabana boy”–and living life best I can.
And I plan to be doing the same next year. And the year after that…
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat