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Jul 14, 2021 08:37AM
At 35 years old, I started getting Basil skin cancer. A normal occurrence for a red haired, light skin, freckle faced, family of the same with red and blond hair. I fit 5 of six criteria on a chart in the Drs office of who may have cancer first. My uncle died of a melanoma on his head. My Dad had the second level squamous that does metastasize, which was misdiagnosed with lumps on his neck. His treatments of radiation and all, in the end took him from us at 66 years old. Mom was diagnosed in 2010 with 2 illnesses, one being breast cancer. She passed in 2016, but not from that. It was after she passed away that we found her health records. In her first week in the hospital, I was in the room when her "cancer" doctor came in. He spoke of the issues, looked at my Mom and then stopped talking on the subject. Patient confidence.
So, I always thought skin cancer would get me, but as long as i kept up on the unusual red spots and all, it would be ok. Except, I stopped that 3 years ago. My original Dermatologist was a retire military Dr., a pathologist, and removed many things mostly by cutting them out, It was from him, that i learned about margins. He asked me if i wanted to see my slide and showed me in his office one time. I trusted him. If i went in with one spot, he said that's normal, but the one next to it I want to check out. I go to Doctors, referred by friends and doctors. I trust their schooling and know I always have a chose. I started with a women dr. for my first diagnoses in 1995. She move out of an HMO plan to private practice to have more time with her patients. The next Dr. I was very uncomfortable with and exercised my adult right to not go back. I did not, and was referred to that last Dr. I went to for over 10 years.
I appreciate bcincolorado and all of you sharing. Right now, I need to wait till my consult on the 20th for the next step. Until then, I have lots to do in my everyday life, as I gear back to leaving my home office to go back to the college office.
I am in gratitude for online access in 2021 to portals, people and the ways information and hope are at our fingertips.
7/8/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IIA, ER+/PR-