I just have to speak up and say something in regards to melanoma. I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma at the age of 32. It was in the early stages and I was lucky to have caught it when I did. However, it changed my life forever. In the back of my mind I am quietly waiting for it to hit me again. I have a lot of support but I want to say that I don't like when people (outside of DS)automatically fast forward to someone who didn't survive this cancer.I think for each loss we've had, there is a story of a survivor out there. That's why I joined this site. It is so helpful for ME to search out others who have stories (both outcomes)and get the support I need. But in day to day life, I cringe every time someone gives me that "look" when they find out I've had melanoma. I even had a nurse break down crying telling me her best friend didn't make it. This was during one of my check-ups. For whatever years I have left, I don't want to spend them in constant fear. Every day is a gift for me and I have to really work hard to not live in that scared little corner of my mind.
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