My wife decided to write up a timeline of her journey with melanoma. It’s been a bumpy ride, but I’m glad to be riding with her.
My wife and I are participating in the Melanoma Walk 2011. We’d love for you to join us!
Here’s Martha’s story:
I was diagnosed with Stage 3b Melanoma in September of 2009. I have been through 4 surgeries, a year of interferon therapy (an immune system treatment with side effects similar to bad flu) and am now participating in a clinical trial. I have had two recurrences of Melanoma which showed up as tumors in my back. I am currently cancer free, but there is no guarantee I will stay that way. I am walking for myself, and my husband’s cousin, Clint Smith, who lost his battle with Melanoma in 2008. I also walk for my children, who now have melanoma in their medical histories on both sides of the family.
Today is my first day back at work since my wife had her second surgery post discovery of melanoma. Thankfully, reports are showing that the melanoma should be gone, but … it’s been tough today. It was tough leaving her behind at home, alone. It was tough leaving the kids at preschool. And it was tough driving away from all of them and toward ‘work’.