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I'm a Jesus loving girl who is blessed with an amazing husband and two beautiful children. At the age of 23, while pregnant with my firstborn I noticed a dome shaped nodular area on my left hip. It started growing larger and eventually started bleeding. After the birth of my baby girl and my 24th birthday I decided to get the ugly bump checked. The result was Stage III nodular Malignant Melanoma that had extensions into my lymph nodes. I completed a year of Interferon chemotherapy. a year later I became pregnant with my second child. After his birth I developed two more melanoma primary tumors-- stage 1 2010, and stage 2 in 2011. Since then I have made it my mission to advocate and educate to bring about melanoma awareness in hopes that it could save others from this deadly disease. Thankfully, I am very healthy and doing very well! I have No Evidence of Disease and I'm showing Cancer Who's Boss by staying fit and healthy. I plan to blog about my adventures in running over cancer during training for my first Full marathon Fall 2014. Remember to love your skin, protect your skin, and check your skin. Share the love and spread the chemical-free lotion!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Vandy appointment 4-29-13

Hello friends,

Sorry I've yet again neglected my little blog.  I have been super busy with my new job (that I am loving by the way) and busy with life that I haven't made much time for blogging.  Isn't that what we are all fighting for anyways?   To live?  I'm enjoying life with my family and so thankful for the privilege of celebrating my 31st birthday on May 3.  I'm enjoying watching my little girl score her first goal during a soccer game, acting silly with my two little ones, eating ice-cream, swinging at the park with my kids, holding my husbands hand, jogging with my family, and just living.  I am so very thankful for each day God has blessed me with.  I must not waste it and live it to the fullest.

Ok enough of the rambling...
On Monday April 29, 2013 I traveled back to Vandy for my 3 month exam.  I did have a new little spot that came up within the past month on my left leg near my knee.  I'll post a pic of it below.  It totally isn't my typical style so hopefully its nothing.  This little booger is pigmented and all of my other melanomas or dysplastic lesions have been Amelanotic (no pigment).  Since this little guy was new and had some color variation my Dr decided to biopsy it. Under the dermoscope he said it had some asymmetric cells so he did a little punch biopsy.  I haven't received the results yet, hopefully they call me monday with "Completely Benign".

I'm a goofball....Me waiting for the Dr.

For those of you who haven't got your skin checked yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  Make the call and get checked out!  May is Melanoma awareness month and there is usually a ton of free skin cancer screening throughout the month.  Check with your local hospital or health care facility to see if they are offering free screenings in your area.

Also go to the app store if you have a smart phone and download the UV index app.  I check it everyday and it gives you the UV index minute by minute in your area.  Make sure to wear at least 50 SPF and use a sunscreen that uses physical elements like Titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.  Re-apply often!!!  Pale skin is in People!!!!  We are bringing pale back Oh Yea!!!!  And Please Share the love and spread the lotion to all those you love :-)

My new little spot that is now gone and hopefully completely nothing to be concerned about.
My little biopsy site.  See friends these biopsies aren't too bad (i think this is my 30th biopsy)  so get your skin checked!!!

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