Louanne Mitchell, Stage IV
In January 2013 I discovered a “bump” on my upper right thigh. I asked my PC what she thought it was and she said it was a fat pocket and to leave it alone. In April, I went to a dermatologist to have skin tags removed from my neck area and since you have to get naked anyway, I asked him what he thought about the lump on my leg. He also didn’t seem that concerned, but suggested I have it biopsied. I put it off and in July I slipped and fell on it. It became red and tender, when it had never been, so I went to have it biopsied. It came back as metastatic malignant melanoma. Needless to say, I freaked! I didn’t feel sick, didn’t have any symptoms, etc. The PET scan revealed it had metastasis to my right lung. I had that removed and there was NED until this past summer when a brain MRI revealed a tumor. I had that removed currently there is NED. I had a clear PET scan last week and I’m having a brain MRI this afternoon and will keep you posted. Before the brain tumor, I had finished a round of Yervoy and am now on Yervoy maintenance. This past November I did have a setback with the Yervoy shutting down my thyroid. I am now taking meds for that and am feeling better.