When the family brought out loads of meat, I did not say a word..... I just cooked my veggies and ate with everyone.
YET, one family member went out of their way to tell my daughter that I was over the top about cancer.... and that it is genetic, a sunburn can't cause cancer.... and I am simple one of the millions of people who have had cancer.... or one of the hundreds.... (I don't know the exact words). The overall point seemed to be that I should get over it.
Well, I know I look good these days and I appear cancer free....& for all intent and purposes I am cancer free.
BUT. all us melanhomies know the stats for melanoma survival are not good. Here is some info from AIM:
Risk: Unfortunately, long-term survival is poor, with 1-year survival rates ranging from 41% to 59%. (1) - See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-answers/stages-of-melanoma/stage-iv-melanoma.html#sthash.XgT8dRXd.dpuf
Distant skin, soft tissue, and/or lymph nodes - 54%, 36%, 19%
Lung - 53%, 31%, 15%,
Visceral - 35%, 18%, 9%
- See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-answers/stages-of-melanoma/stage-iv-melanoma.html#sthash.XgT8dRXd.dpuf
My diagnosis gave me a 9% survival rate to make it 5 years... and here I am 3 years out.
I will keep sharing a message of survival and HOPE if I get one person through a tough and scary diagnosis.... I will keep doing what I am doing, as of now I like being alive. & if I bug ya.... well.... that is too bad.