Hi! I'm redjenn and I wish I had known about this community when I started my melanoma journey! I am 30 yrs old and the mother of 3 energetic boys. I was diagnosed with stage 3c melanoma in November of 2015. I have had all the lymph nodes removed from my left groin and hip (15 of which contained melanoma). Then I did radiation, and I am currently about a year into Yervoy treatments (which will continue for another 2 yrs). Scans have been clear, labs are looking good, and I haven't had any major negative side effects from the treatments.
I had no idea how serious melanoma is until after I was diagnosed, and I want to raise some awareness somehow. I feel like some people don't take me seriously when I say I'm going through cancer treatment for melanoma. They see a young woman with a full head of wild hair and no visibly missing body parts, and think it's no big deal- "just skin cancer." Well, I'd like to save others the trouble I've gone through, if possible. Cancer is no fun.