I know just how you feel! I had a pink spot removed from my arm in 2008 which turned out to be an amelanotic melanoma, stage 1, level 2. I had check ups every four months for a few years, now only every six months. I have labs once a year, so far all clear. I've had only two other biopsies since then, both benign. The most recent one was last week, I'm sitting here with stitches as we speak. Got word yesterday that it's benign.
The first few years after my diagnosis I OBSESSED about melanoma! I was beside myself with worry. I fretted about my kids growing up without a Mom. As you can imagine, this got pretty old. So I've gotten to a place where I can put the danger out of my mind. I just remind myself that it's all about catching it early. So even if it IS melanoma, it shouldn't be too far along, as long as I'm getting regular checkups, which I always will. So far I've been lucky. But I know how squirrely melanoma is, so I don't take anything for granted. I'm doing my best to make the most of my life, cuz you never know, I could get hit by a meteor tomorrow.
ps-welcome to the team!
Kris, sunny southwest Idaho.
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