My melanoma team is fairly positive that we have found this early,” says Wendy. “They believe the best plan is to remove the melanomas altogether and then I will be regularly monitored going forward. There is a risk of the melanoma returning or appearing elsewhere. Things have changed in my life and we are adjusting, and we will move forward once we know what the plan is.”
“I try not to dwell on it too much but sometimes I found myself tearful or blank, but then I am back on track again. I was told this is normal and it’s all part of getting your head around it all. The million thoughts that pop in and out of your head can be overwhelming and the best thing I found was to talk to someone and share those thoughts.”
“I encourage everyone to self-check your skin and your family’s and friends’ skin too, and if anything looks different or you are unsure, then please get it checked,” Wendy stresses. “Go see your GP, have a MoleMap or see a skin specialist. It doesn’t take long at all. One of the things that my team say all the time is “if we get this early, there are positive results with positive outcomes.”
“I’m so very lucky to have great people supporting me 100%: they listen, they hug, they laugh, they cry, they understand and they are there all the time! And I mean all the time, these people are awesome, and I am thankful to each and every one!“
“This is just a part of my story, an ongoing story with more chapters to add,” she says. “I know I’ll be okay, my wound will heal and my scar will fade, but I will be forever checking my skin and I hope you do too! Fingers crossed always … be good to yourselves and take care out there.” ♥
Thank you so much Wendy for sharing your story. And a reminder to anyone who has a mole or spot that is new, changing or simply looks ‘weird’, don’t chance it — get it skin check by experts as soon as possible. It may turn out to be nothing to worry about … or you may have caught it in the nick of time.