On 15th April 2009 I was diagnosed with skin Cancer after having a mole removed from my shoulder which was later found to be a malignant melanoma & so my Cancer journey began.
Since my diagnosis I have had another operation to harvest any residual cancerous cells resulting in a superb long zig-zag scar & over 60+ stitches (chicks dig scars). I have also had regular check ups to monitor the situation. The journey has not been without some extremely stressful & very dark times but I have been blessed with having a great team who have been there for me to explain that these feelings/emotions are normal. They have listened, sympathised & counselled me to a better place and I would like to publically thank all those individuals who have helped me on my long journey over the years, sadly not all of my team are here today to share this moment.
Let my story be a lesson to all my STW friends. Please be very careful out in the Sun, do not get sun burnt, cover up, wear a hat & use a high SPF sun screen. If you have any irregular shaped moles, flaky/itchy moles or moles that bleed, please FFS tell your Doctor & get them checked out. I was very fortunate that my Cancer was diagnosed at an early stage & was treatable without the need for Chemo &/or Radiotherapy.
Today 15th April 2014 I had my 16th & final check up and I am now 5 years into remission and more importantly I have now been given the ALL CLEAR!!!