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Trish from Tas

Created: Monday, 13 January 2014 12:49:06

At 22yrs I had a small pink nodule on my neck, just behind my ear, my hairdresser commented on it, said it needed to be checked as it went red when she washed my hair. I promised I would have it checked but I didn’t. Over a period of several months it started to turn dark and grow down my neck. Although it wasn’t very big, less than 3mm, people started asking what was on my neck, had I put pe...

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Peter – The Hunter Region

Created: Monday, 2 December 2013 10:29:09

At 70 years Peter, retired accountant and company secretary, is currently in good
health and plays golf twice a week, albeit with some side effects from his
Melanoma and the targeted therapy.  His wife, Margaret, ensures he stays grounded.

Peter’s first melanoma was detected on his left upper arm in Dec 1984. He then
underwent regular s...

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Christine – Sunshine Coast

Created: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:18:19

19 years ago, one of the many small, insignificant looking moles on my back became a little itchy.  I saw my GP and he removed the mole in his surgery.  3 days later I had a call from the surgery asking if I could come in and see the Dr., regarding the results.  I remember feeling a little anxious but not overly worried.  My GP told me that the mole was a melanoma and proceeded to show me some photos...

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Faith SA.

Created: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:09:17

My Melanoma Story.

I have had three malignant melanomas, and I am currently Stage III.

My first melanoma was 12-13 years ago.      It was a tiny black spot, as big as a pin head, on my left shoulder, which my GP did an excisional biopsy on in his surgery the same day.   A couple of days later my GP rang me at home and informed me the pathology results confirmed it was malignant melan...

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Created: Monday, 11 February 2013 11:38:26



The following will explain my journey and how I have dealt with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma.  When I was first diagnosed, I wanted to find out more information to enable me to come to terms with my fate.  I wanted to know what I was likely to endure and also to understand more about melanoma in general.  I sear...

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Julie’s Story

Created: Thursday, 7 February 2013 01:53:41

My story starts in 1996 when I had a melanoma removed from my knee. It was a shock to find out it was a 0.5mm Level 3 melanoma. That same week I went to a plastic surgeon to have a much wider excision and the pathology from that said my margins were clear.

I thought I was one of the lucky ones and had escaped further disease. But that was not to be as in January 2005,( 9 years later!), I felt  a ...

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Regan’s Story (Gladstone, Australia)

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:10:49


Hi, my name is Regan, I am a regular 19 year-old girl who enjoys nothing more to be outdoors and all ready a skin cancer survivor. This is my story…

I was born in Bundaberg in 1991 and raised in Agnes Water until I was 8 years old. As a child growing up in a town where the beach is at your backdoor it wasn‟t hard to go home sunburnt, even though mum and dad would nag us about...

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Ellen’s Story – No coincidences, only blessings.

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:10:20

The following personal story is one that needs to be told for so many reasons – but even as I sit down to write it there is a surreal feeling in the telling.

It was a Wednesday morning 5 weeks ago when Julie rang me at home a couple of hours before we were to start work. Three year old Sarah had a persistent cold and although Julie felt sure that our local GP would probably not recommend an anti...

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Lesley’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:05:59

This is my journey through melanoma. In April 2005 a mole on my right shin changed and when removed the pathology indicated that it was melanoma so the plastic/re-constructive surgeon did a wide excision & flap operation along with most of the lymph nodes in the right groin even though they were alright he said he’d remove them just to be sure. Almost three years later in February 2008 my right...

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Heather’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:05:09

My journey started on Jan 4th 2010 when I went to the dentist for a check up, something I hadn’t done for a few years. She asked me if I was a smoker which I answered No and I have never smoked in my life… with that she said that I should go to my GP. I asked why and she said “you have a black mark on the roof of you mouth” and showed me with a mirror. It looked horrible.

The v...

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Ann’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:03:28

My first blue lump appeared on my wrist in early September 2008. My GP referred me on to a physiotherapist, believing it to be some sort of repetitive strain injury. The physio set some exercises and I dutifully completed them all.

In October, I went on holiday believing that all was well. Within days, I started to get pain in my underarms and around my breasts but I put it down to muscular strain...

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Kerry’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 04:02:43

I first noticed a change in a mole on the inside of my thigh in Oct 2006 when it grew, became red and itchy. Doing the right thing I had it checked with a doctor only to be told its probably only irritated because your thighs are rubbing together, if its still there in 6 months come back

Lucky for me I was seeing my own doctor 4 months later when I asked him to look at it. Well within 1 day he had...

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Thomas’ Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:59:36

I was diagnosed with a superficial spreading melanoma but at an initial depth of 2mm on my neck at the hairline on my back (later revised to 1.6mm depth). I thought this was small but doctors assured me of the need for intervention and the need for further surgery.

The surgeon was very noncommittal and frankly discouraging with depressing news of the chance that it had spread and if so the prognos...

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A Positive Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:56:13

I was diagnosed with a 1mm Nodular melanoma on my left thigh, in early Feb 08’. After being referred by my dermatologist to the Melanoma Clinic at Nth Sydney I had a few weeks to wait for my appointment and was scared and I was looking for something positive to keep my mind in order.

I found this web site but unfortunately every story I read was very depressing with not a lot to look forward too...

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Shauna’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:54:53

After the birth of my beautiful twins a dry spot appeared on my back I hadn’t really noticed it but I remember it being quite itchy. In 2001 it had grown a bit (skin colour), so I decided that I would see my local GP, being my family doctor for many many years, I had full faith that he would know what it was and how to deal with it.

When I went in to see him he informed me that it was an over gr...

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Eddy’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:53:37

I was advised of a Callender Type B melanoma in my eye – the eyeball was enucleated.

The power of positive thinking saw me return to my job as a croupier within 6 weeks, and remained in the industry for 19 years. “Fred” as I call him is 21 years old next year, and I still enjoy a full life with a few exceptions. I drive long distance regularly and only a select few know of my con...

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Barb’s Story (Adelaide)

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:47:38

My life has changed dramatically… Quite a few years ago I had a Melanoma – mole (primary) removed from the left side of my jaw and since then I have gone for regular check-ups to my Dermatologist. I thought that was the end of that.

However, I now have Stage 4 Melanoma and first observed my new symptoms in September 2006. Whilst having a shower I found a rather large lump under my righ...

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Karen O’Neill Velasquez

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:45:31

In 1996 while on the beach in Santorini Greece, honeymooning, I was putting sunscreen on my face, and I felt a lump. Six years prior I had a melanoma mole removed from my back. I came home to discover that I was a stage IV patient.

I had a large tumor in my right jawbone and I had 32 lesions in the lymph system, there were spots on my liver. As many of you hear, they gave me a dismal diagnosis. I ...

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Herman’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 03:41:58

It has been six years since I sat down and thought about how cancer had made an impact on my life.

When writing this I was on my way to Townsville to facilitate one of sixteen support groups now being run through mpa.

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Andy’s Story

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2012 02:24:53

At 40 years of age I had a primary melanoma removed from my shoulder. About 12 months later, surgery removed a secondary melanoma located in a lymph node in the same shoulder.

About 12 months later, surgery removed a secondary melanoma located in a lymph node in the same shoulder. At the 4 year mark, I had another node, along with all my lymphs from under my left arm removed. A bright note is that...

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