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December 2nd, 2007

 

My husband had a dark mole (approx 8mm) on the inside of his lower thigh which had been there all of his life. He noticed a change in it and I made an appointment for him with the GP. The result was melanoma ('Clarke level 6'). The Pathologist had rung the Dr. to discuss the seriousness of it. He was 37 and we had 3 children aged 16, 14, and 18mths. The GP said if you dont have a will make one now. Further surgery and skin graft were done. 18mths later he noticed a lump in his groin which again proved to be melanoma. He had major surgery into the pelvis and 15 lymph nodes were removed and all were clear. He was back to work in 10 days. The oncologist recommended an experimental drug (Levamisol - used to rid cattle of worms) to boost his immune system. My husband read a lot of books on diet and meditation. He became vegetarian, cut out sugar and salt (as much as possible) gave up coffee and only ate wholesome home cooked meals, took up meditation and had a positive outlook. A few years ago he stopped the Levamisol. Many changes occured in our life some awful and some great. He just wanted to be around to see our daughter married and when her partner rang from London to ask for 'her hand' he burst into tears. This was 16yrs ago and he is still with us and very well. In 2wks he is retiring and we plan to travel this wonderful country next year in our caravan. I am a theatre nurse, if I see a mole on a patient I ask the surgeon to check it and remind the patient to be vigilant. No one knows why or what helped my husband but who cares, he is still here and that is all that matters. Of course we realise that one is never cured of melanoma but we dont dwell on it and get on with life while we can. - Lorraine


October 23, 2007


Emily's story is all too familiar to me and my family. On 29 January, 2007, my husband Stewart lost his 3 year battle with melanoma. He had a stage 4 melanoma removed from the back of his thigh. He was never given the all clear, in fact, a very uncaring professor told him then he would die from this disease. He had 2 operations to remove the lymph nodes from his groin & abdomen and remained well for the next 2.5 years. Although he had numerous lumps removed and had tumours on his lungs. In August 2006, we noticed changes in his behaviour and discovered that the cancer had spread to his back and brain. From there his battle was lost. He was only 43. He is survived by me (i'm only 37) and four children aged 12, 8, 5 & 2. I would like to think that his death was not in vain and would like to help increase the awareness of this insidious disease, particularly among the younger ones. - Rachel

 

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