Hi, I have been reading the discussions here for a year and joined today. I was diagnosed with SCC last Nov and had surgery 2 days after by general surgeon. I have not dealt with this very well at all. I was in complete shock with the results from the removal of the SCC. It was to the left of my left eye.It had spread below the surface and was much larger than originally thought. I was under the impression it would just be gone. I had a full thickness skin graft which was taken from my neck. I was told it was high risk, rapid growth, location, my age, and size. So, surgeon had CT ordered to look for poss lymph node involvement and I am supposed to have another one in Feb. Anyway, scary about cancer, not very supportive reactions from anyone around me, lots of could be worse...and can't stand the scar on my face(neck scar doesn't bother me).Been living for a year with my hair hanging in my face :( .....Had no ins...cashed out all my 401k, took out home equity loan and made arrangements for the balance. I know this is lengthy but in less than 3 weeks, I will have a reconstruction done (which I am financing on credit!)...I am excited and scared. i am excited because I feel this will help me put all this behind me....but I am scared because I'm afraid that the results won't be as good as I want or that it will be worse than now. The financial burden has been really hard..the lack of understanding or support has been just as hard...this has been scary! Thanks for listening... :)
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