As most of you know, in June 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 3b melanoma skin cancer with a baseball size tumor in my right armpit lymph node. Melanoma skin cancer is not, let me repeat NOT basil cell or squamous cell. It is deadly. I had a 50% chance of surviving. (I was happy with those odds, actually.) After multiple surgeries and 14 months of immunotherapy/interferon treatment, I was considered NED (no evidence of disease) in September 2012. Not cured. Not in remission. NED.
I continue to educate people, without getting on my sunscreen box (too much), about the dangers of sun and the importance of sun protection/safety. Most of my family & friends are very vigilant; however, many people still believe that it's "just skin cancer" and you can just "cut it out". (I even said that upon my diagnosis.) You cannot "just cut out" melanoma, while only 7% of skin cancers, it's the deadliest.
I'd also like to add that my good friend and colleague, Mike Rhodes, most recently fought this battle (Stage 3b). See his picture with my other pics, enjoying a tropical vacation with his amazingly strong wife, Ronnie. This vacation was after treatment, NED, and with a lot of strength back! Love ya Mike & Ronnie!
Join us this year in the 10th annual 5k run in support of melanoma education, awareness, and research. We are commited to supporting, loving, and memorializing those who will have melanoma, are in treatment or who have lost their battle to the deadly cancer! The advances in melanoma research and treatment have been amazing, just since I started educating myself!
If you are unable to walk or run with us this year, please consider donating to this exceptionally worthy cause! I'm setting a huge goal this year. I've been through a lot since June 2011 and I'm grateful to be alive. If you decide to donate remember iCure is a 501(c)(3) and is tax deductible.