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Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:34 AM

My melanoma treatment update.

All of my yelling, swearing, has worked. My surgeries are scheduled for next week. Talk about stress relief. One doctor's office and of course my insurance company, screwed up the process, that's fixed.

Right now the doctors believe I am at stage two, which is good news. They won't know for sure until after the surgeries. The doctor I talked to today today said even if it is stage 3 or 4, the new treatments are amazing.

So overall, good news. By the way, Fuck Trump.

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Reply My melanoma treatment update. (Original post)
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 OP
Walleye Mar 2022 #1
LizBeth Mar 2022 #2
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #5
LizBeth Mar 2022 #9
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #12
LizBeth Mar 2022 #35
hamsterjill Mar 2022 #3
irisblue Mar 2022 #4
Bettie Mar 2022 #6
dutch777 Mar 2022 #7
gademocrat7 Mar 2022 #8
Ms. Toad Mar 2022 #10
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #14
Ms. Toad Mar 2022 #21
LizBeth Mar 2022 #36
AngryOldDem Mar 2022 #11
RestoreAmerica2020 Mar 2022 #13
FakeNoose Mar 2022 #15
MySideOfTown Mar 2022 #16
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #18
True Blue American Mar 2022 #31
TexasTowelie Mar 2022 #17
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #19
ShazzieB Mar 2022 #34
onecaliberal Mar 2022 #20
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2022 #22
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 2022 #23
PlanetBev Mar 2022 #24
superpatriotman Mar 2022 #25
fightforfreedom Mar 2022 #26
Karadeniz Mar 2022 #27
people Mar 2022 #28
Warpy Mar 2022 #29
usonian Mar 2022 #30
RestoreAmerica2020 Mar 2022 #32
Demsrule86 Mar 2022 #33

Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:35 AM

1. Best of luck for a quick recovery

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:37 AM

2. Good to hear. Thanks for info. How long did you see the spot before checking?

I haven't been following your story but I'm interested. Getting my yearly skin check that is going on two years, in a couple weeks. Best to you....

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:47 AM

5. My melanoma never showed itself.

It was found by chance.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:55 AM

9. wow

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:16 PM

12. Wow is right, it was a sneak attack.

That's why I am going to kick the shit out of this melanoma. All of the doctors have said, this is unusually.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 10:28 PM

35. Glad to hear it is unusual because that is scary. I will ask doctor about that

when I go in. I am a bit of a hypochondriac. At stage two though, I think you will absolutely kick its ass. !!!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:39 AM

3. So glad you are getting what you need finally!

Sucks that when you are already in a stressful medical situation, that there has to be even more stress trying to get proper treatment. Iím glad you stuck it out, and I wish you full and complete recovery and health

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:44 AM

4. Good news

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:50 AM

6. Hoping you recover completely and

quickly.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:51 AM

7. Drives me nuts how much the insurance that is supposed to keep you healthy, drives one insane.

They get worse by the day I swear. God's speed for a complete recovery and for a successful procedure.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 11:53 AM

8. Wishing you a speedy and good recovery.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:00 PM

10. great news!

Staging depends on a lot of things that they can't determine until surgery (mitotic activity - how many cells are dividing (which bumped me up a grade - the deeper portion was dividing faster ) and (2) size (I can't be staged, since mine was taken out in two parts - but radiology is imprecise as to size)

Glad you got things resolved and have sugery calendared!

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:23 PM

14. I am expecting it to be upgraded to a higher level.

However, the doctor I talked to today said level 3 is very treatable and level 4 no longer means a death sentence. Level 4 is still bad news. There is no chemo involved in treatment. It looks like I will get one year of the new immunotherapy treatments. They say these treatments are game changers in many cancers.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:14 PM

21. Unfortunately, not for mine -

But fortunately, I caught mine early so outlook looks signficantly better than for most people with sarcoma.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 10:29 PM

36. +1

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:00 PM

11. Great news.

Must be a huge relief, but itís a damn shame you had to also deal with this stress that was somebody elseís fault.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:17 PM

13. Good news...



Paz.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:27 PM

15. Healing thoughts to you my friend



It sounds like your doctors are taking good care of you. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

And Fuck Trump!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:52 PM

16. Best wishes from a Melanoma survivor

It's good to have your surgery early as possible.

I was diagnosed with nodular melanoma in January 2005; stage 3C. Had surgery two weeks later. Have been in remission ever since.

You might want to check out this forum: https://forum.melanoma.org/ The patients there helped me a lot navigating my path forward.

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Response to MySideOfTown (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:59 PM

18. Thank you.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:41 PM

31. Good wishes for a successful surgery

And easy healing. You will be fine!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 12:53 PM

17. I've been fighting my insurance company too, so I'm glad that you have things resolved.

Good luck to you and I hope everything turns out favorably.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:01 PM

19. I cannot believe the American people in general cannot figure out insurance companies must go.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:55 PM

34. I think a lot of people just have no imagination.

Or very little, anyway. They're used to the way things are, and the current situation is working okay for them, so they don't see a problem. Until one day, our jacked up health care "system" bites them or someone they personally care about on the ass.

Maybe they lose the job that they've always relied on for health insurance, and are surprised at how hard it is to find another one with equally good benefits, or they need a treatment their insurance company doesn't want to approve. Or the copay for a drug they can't survive without suddenly goes through the roof. The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is, something they've been taking for granted suddenly just isn't there, and they realize what they've been relying on was a flimsy house of cards all along instead of the rock solid guarantee they thought it was. And they go, "Wow, this really is messed up, isn't it?"

Add to that the fact that way too many Americans are ill-informed about how health care works in other countries compared to the U.S., or how our health care falls short. Too many people believe that America has the "best health care system in the world," because that's what they've been told all their lives, and get all huffy if you try to explain why it actually isnít. What's really needed, imo, is a massive public education program. But that costs money, so good luck with that. Especially since the insurance companies have loads of money to spend on lobbying to keep things the way they are.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:11 PM

20. So glad that is resolved. Now you can move forward.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:20 PM

22. Great news!

Bonne chance, et bien sante!!!

Oh, yeah. Definitely Fuck Trump.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:23 PM

23. Good luck

I had a longtime friend die from that 4 years ago. Apparently it had spread to the rest of his body.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:29 PM

24. I'm so happy to hear this, FF

A friend of mine had melanoma and it was Stage 2 when they discovered it. That was 20 years ago and sheís turning 80 this year.

Thank you for keeping us up to date!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:31 PM

25. The squeaky wheel gets the surgery

Continued success towards a healthy outcome!

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Response to superpatriotman (Reply #25)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:44 PM

26. I have never been called a squeaky wheel before.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 01:54 PM

27. FINALLY!!! I'm ashamed of the difficulty you've had...not a way to run a health care system!!!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:14 PM

28. Wonderful news

And, congrats on your new squeaky wheel status. Oh, and fk Trump.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:22 PM

29. I wouldn't fuckk TFG with a dildo tied to a barge pole

but I appreciate the sentiment.

Glad your treatment is going to happen.

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:39 PM

30. Best wishes for your success.

You succeeded over the hard part, the insurance company.

The rest should be easy!

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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:43 PM

32. Good news... take care.



Y si, #@$ el p#@$#@ p#@# p#$@$##!

Have a great day!




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Response to fightforfreedom (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 02:46 PM

33. Good luck. I hope you have a early stage melanoma and there are amazing treatments now.

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