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18 October 2010 @ 10:04 am
My Journey with Basal Cell Carcinoma  
WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ ABOUT MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER AND ALL MY UPS AND DOWNS THEN DO NOT CLICK TO OPEN... AFTER YOU READ IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE OR SUPPORTIVE TO SAY THEN SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!!!

I am deciding to write my fears and triumphs instead of on Facebook. Some of my so-called 'friends' over there are a little put off about my life... So I have decided to start using my Livejournal and telling 'them' to FUCK OFF!!!

On Wednesday Sept 13th I went to my dermatologist to have a mole under my eye checked out. She was not concerned, but did do some measurements and scheduled me for a follow-up on Oct 13th. as soon as she looked at the mole she said it had changed and she had me sign paperwork for her to remove it and send it off to pathology for testing. On Friday October 15th at 9:36am EST I received a call from her office with my test results...

The report was positive for Basal Cell Carcinoma... I had skin cancer... I was then informed that my doctor was not in the office that day and that when she came in on Monday she would refer me to a doctor for surgery.

HOW DARE THEY TELL ME THIS KIND OF NEWS OVER THE PHONE..... I WAS PISSED OFF.... I WAS SCARED SHITLESS.... This is one of my greatest fears.... to have a major health issue and I have no husband (he lives in Moorhead City, NC with his girlfriend) and no family (we have been estranged for many years, with no hope of reconcile)

I did get through the day with with support from my friends on facebook. They kept me sane and upbeat. I appreciate them. Though a couple of them were rude and just downright mean.... don't worry... they have been unfriended and blocked.

I will spend the next month sharing my research on this condition. Here is a small list of what I have learned so far...

1. Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer.

2. Skin cancer is divided into two major groups: nonmelanoma and melanoma.

3. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

4. According to the American Cancer Society, 75% of all skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas.

5. Basal cell skin cancer almost never spreads. But, if left untreated, it may grow into surrounding areas and nearby tissues and bone.

6. The rate of basal cell skin cancer returning is about 1% with Mohs surgery, and up to 10% for other forms of treatment.

7. Smaller basal cell carcinomas are less likely to come back than larger ones.

8. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

Prognosis looks good for me.... it was a very small mole under my right eye. and when she removed it last week she said the area underneath look really good. So I am very hopeful.
 
 
Current Location: Wilmington, NC
Current Mood: scaredscared