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Bill

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Age:
46

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I’m a father of two teenage children and successful software consultant, living in Minnesota. I had a suspicious mole on the right side of my head confirmed to be melanoma. Upon receiving the news, I thought that I had received a death sentence.

Since the mole was considered to be intermediate depth, I had a surgery to determine if any cells had entered my body. Unfortunately, I received the bad news that there were metastases in one of my lymph nodes. This required another surgery to remove 37 more lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. 

I was scared and confused. I couldn’t believe that my life was apparently going to be cut short, as I knew how aggressive melanoma could be.

I had a recurrence on the skin of my neck and a PET scan confirmed that I had additional lymph node involvement in my neck. This, of course, was very bad news as it indicated that the melanoma was progressing. Another recurrence appeared inside my jaw. At the time, I was preparing for the worst, especially when it was confirmed that I had enlarged nodes in my right lung.

I enrolled in a trial that has put my disease at bay. Although it could come back at any time, my status of “so far, so good” greatly comforts me.

Throughout my hardships fighting the disease, my family, friends, and community have rallied around me. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for this encouragement to help me keep an upbeat attitude to fight my battle.

This brush with melanoma has taught me to live positively and openly each and every day. I consider life to be precious and strive to live each and every day to its fullest.

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