*So... I know this picture isn't anything like what I typically post. It's not supposed to be. This is more along the lines of a public service announcement. This morning I got the news that no one wants to hear... that news, in reference to the biopsy I'd had done last week on the mole below --
"It's Malignant Melanoma."
Now... I'm okay. We'll start by saying that now. I went in this afternoon and found out that I am lucky. Incredibly lucky. I was diagnosed with Stage I Malignant Melanoma. This Stage has a very high cure rate. After that... not so much. I found this mole last Sunday on my back. A mole I'd never seen before, or at least never seen looking like it looks in the photo above. I called Monday morning and it was biopsied Tuesday. A week later and I now have a 6 inch incision from the wide excisional surgery they performed this afternoon to make sure they got it all.
I'm incredibly thankful that I caught this so early and this scar is one I'll wear with dignity and pride.
Everyone please... I cannot stress this enough... please be aware of your body and your moles.