Living with Melanoma

Some of you have probably noticed that I haven’t written a post for a while.  Reason being my health hasn’t been good as I have had Melanoma for the last nine years.

I will try to keep the details short.

2008 I had a small brown mark removed from my left shin, results came back that it was Melanoma and had grown into the dermis the 2nd layer of skin, which means that it had probably spread into my lymphatic system.  Also had a skin graft on my shin. One month later had eight of my lymph nodes removed from my groin and they found three of the nodes had cancer cells.  Then had 20 days of radiation on my groin.

Five years of no recurrence.

2013 I found a small lump on my shin, had surgery to remove it and another skin graft followed by 25 days of radiation.

2016 I found a large lump on the inside of my leg above my knee. Results from a pet scan showed that I had tumours sitting on my artery and vein in my groin.  I had an eight-hour surgery which involved a vein graft as surgeons were unable to remove the tumour from the vein, but they managed to remove the one from the artery.  Then I had extensive plastic surgery where a muscle was removed from my stomach and put into my groin, as I had tissue damage from earlier radiation and the muscle held everything in place.

Two months later I had a Pet scan as I was having a lot of pain in my back.  Results came back that I had a 5cm tumour in my stomach, cancer cells in my voice box, bowel and lymph nodes.  I started Keytruda Immunotherapy Treatment at the end of December and after 11 treatments (7 months) the results have been good.

My last CT scan showed tumour in my stomach had gone and all lymph nodes clear. My treatment has been temporarily canceled as I have a small problem with my kidneys which is a side effect of the treatment.

I have changed my diet cutting out sugar and dairy, don’t eat much meat and have I lost 9kg.

As I am now feeling healthier, hopefully, I will get back into the swing of things,  I miss blogging and my online friends.





12 thoughts on “Living with Melanoma

  1. Lyn

    Deb I had noticed your absence, glad to see you back and feeling stronger and healthier. This is a timely reminder to us all to check out those spots and lumps and bumps. Hopefully you are on the path to recovery, thank you for sharing this very personal journey.

  2. Laura

    I just saw this What a tough journey. ! I’m so glad your treatment has gone so well, and so glad you are back on the blog. Your posts are like a window for me, sitting here in faraway Chicago, open to entirely different parts of the world. Sending good thoughts your way.

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