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24th April 2008

 

I am interested in buying some of the ladies T-Shirts. Will you be getting them in different colours?
I was not aware of your March for Melanoma this year but will definitely taking part in future events.
What a beautiful young woman Emily was, may her legacy live on and save others from this disease. I am a survivor and reading Emily's story has bought a tear to my eye.
Best Regards,  Emma


 

18th April 2008


Hi I just thought I would right about my story. Well, my mum is 42 and has melanoma. She had a mole taken from her back about 6 years ago and they said it was all ok but in October last year we found out she had cancer but we were not sure what kind. So she went to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and had an operation to remove a large mass from her ovaries and bowel. Then we had to wait for the pathology results and it came back that she had melanoma. Since then she has had radiotherapy on her head because they found spots on her brain and 3 courses of chemotherapy. Although they said chemo would give her a bit longer she will not survive this long and hard battle... My heart goes out to other people that are going through this. - Kayla

 

15th April 2008


I think it is absolutely fantastic that you have someone like Julia supporting you and getting your name out there. Thankyou for putting up a website that has easy access information about melanoma. - Amy

 

11th March 2008


Hi I lost my Dad to Melanoma cancer on the 9th August 2007 at the age of 57. I miss him every minute of every day and look at photos of him and I can't believe that I won't ever talk to him or see him again. I rub his face in photos, I can remember how his face felt, I won't ever have that again. My children often cry saying that they miss their Pop. I hate the pain it has caused my Mum knowing that the man she has loved all of her life is no longer lying next to her in bed at night. My sister has lost her mate that always called in for coffee or a yarn. We all have alot of fond memories of our Dad. Dad's first melanoma appeared in 2004. At first his Dr told him it was a spot from being old, then on another visit Dr suggested he takes it off which he did and after two goes at it he was given the all clear. Dad was going to the Melanoma unit in Newcastle for regular check ups. September 2006 he found a lump in his left groin which was removed in November. He was in and out of hospital with complications. Twelve months ago after having numerous melanomas removed he was told he had it in the pelvis, shoulder, many ribs, liver, lung & spleen. We were told he wouldn't live long enough to have his next lot of chemo in 3 weeks. Dad lived for 5 more months. In this time he was not aware of the original time they had given him. Dad knew what was going to happen. Throughout his last months he never complained, he was positive and was very appreciative of the love and support not only from his family but from the staff at the Melanoma Unit. He always said he would love to win lotto and donate $1 million dollars to them for research. How wonderful would that be. We as families of people who have seen a loved one suffer from Melanoma Cancer need to help educate our children and the next generations so they can pass it on. My Dad was a bricklayer in the late 60's & 70's out in the sun all day only wearing shorts in the heat. Back then nobody was aware of the risks that we know about today. I used to sunbake with baby oil trying to get a good tan, I now cringe at the thought and hope and pray that I too have not damaged my skin like my Dad. Emily's foundation is a fantastic way to help get the awareness out there and help raise money for melanoma cancer. My family is already raising money. My Mum shaved her head and we are organising to head to Williamtown next year for Emily's March.- Nicole

 

5th March 2008

 

Emily's story sounds so familar to my family at the moment... My cousin, who is just about ot turn 23 in a few days, was recently told she has 6 months to live due to the effects of melanoma. She had a mole removed from her back about 3 years ago and was diagnosed with melanoma, but was assured that all was well. 6 Months ago, she was having a scan on her chest for a skin problem and they found by accident that she had a secondary melanoma on her lung. They removed the bottom lobe of her lung and lymph nodes just to be sure and had scans to check if the cancer had spread anywhere else. She was given the all clear. A few weeks ago she woke with severe headaches and vomitting and by the end of the day had limited vision in one eye. She went to her GP and he sent her for scans and within hours she was in RPA being told that she had 6 tumours in her brain, it was inoperatable and she was only expected to live for 6 months. She has just finished her radiation and is about to start chemo. All this because of vanity! She was a frequent user of a solarium... She is the strongest person I know and if anyone can get through this I know she can. Despite all this she has remained in relatively good spirits and has tried to remain positive. Please keep up your fantastic work of spreading the word and educating people. I don't think anyone fully understands the effects a tiny spot on the skin can have on so many lives until the balls in your own court...  - Melanie

 

 

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