As with so many other melanoma survivors, melanoma awareness month is every month for me. I am always trying to think of ways to spread awareness and am always caught off guard when people seem surprised that I almost died from skin cancer.
I am not shy about my experiences with melanoma and tell anyone and everyone. Recently, a coworker mentioned a friend telling her that his parent had skin cancer and it turned into another cancer in his liver and he was getting checked to see if it had gone to his brain. Sounds like melanoma to me!!!
How do we get the word out that melanoma is WAY more than "JUST SKIN CANCER!!" ???
HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND A SUNBURN CAN BE SO DANGEROUS??
I am not quite sure..... most people do not want to talk about cancer.
I know it is hard to talk about cancer. I do not want to talk about it, but my life depends upon being knowledgeable about cancer. My life will always take me to a cancer center for scan results, which I PRAY will always show I am NED.
I am not sure how to tell people and convince them that melanoma is so much more than just something you can cut out. IT IS DEADLY.