Tiffany Mann, Stage I
My insurance was going to be coming to an end so I decided to go in for a routine skin check up. The doctor told me that nothing look too out of the ordinary, but I told him to biopsy the one on my back anyway. One week later I received a phone call from him telling me that I had “melanoma in situ” and it was at .3mm deep, and I would have a 93% chance of survival. Those words shook me to my core, I was so young, only 25 years old, I shouldn’t have to be dealing with this yet. I was scheduled for general surgery the next week and I had 4 inches removed from my back. Even though they got all of the melanoma I knew that my journey was only beginning. I went in for a check up 6 months later, doctor said everything was fine (different doctor, had no insurance yet). I finally got back on my regular insurance, regular doctor, went in for my appointment and had him remove 5 more moles. Again, a week later I had an abnormal one on my thigh and melanoma on my right side where my ribs are. This time my melanoma was a ZERO, it had not penetrated the dermis yet. It still wasn’t the best news I could get, but happy that I was getting ahead of the game! So I went back to general surgeon and had them remove a little more on both moles, and I’m still healing right this minute. I will be going back to see my dermatologist in about a month or two to have him remove a few more that I don’t like. I know it sounds crazy to think that I just want him to remove all my moles but if this is what it takes to save my own life then that’s what I’m going to do!! I don’t care if I’m going to have scares all over my body, vanity is what got me here in the first place with tanning booths!! The best advise I can give is to JUST HAVE THE MOLE REMOVED!! Doctors will never be certain what you have until they have it looked at under a microscope! BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE!!! If you don’t like a mole and the doctor says its fine, have them remove it anyway!! Its better to be safe then sorry!! I was lucky, very lucky that I caught it early before it had a chance to spread. You are the best judge of your moles and what your body normally looks like, any changes to your moles are not a good sign. Have them biopsied even if they have “been their for years” or “you were born with them”. Just remember EVERY MOLE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME CANCER!!