UPDATE: I wanted to update everyone. I had my WLE this week. The incision is just over 3" long and required 13 stitches. The doctor said it was barely melanoma and they got it all. In 2 weeks I have an appointment with the dermatologist for my full body check.
Thank you to everyone for answering my questions and your reassuring words! I'm incredibly grateful to be putting this chapter behind me.
Hi everyone! I didn't think I'd ever join a community like this, but I'm so glad to have found y'all! I went to the dermatologist for the first time 2 weeks ago for an unrelated issue. They insisted on checking for moles and shaved a tiny one that the doctor said was suspiciously dark. He reassured me it wasn't cancer, but they wanted to err on the side of caution.
This Wednesday I got a call that the biopsy showed it's early melanoma. No mention of the stage and I was too numb to ask. I just turned 30 and the mole was supposed to be no big deal. They scheduled in office surgery in early June to remove the skin around where the mole was.
My grandmother started her treatment for Stage IV melanoma the day before I got the call and our whole family has been focused on this terrible disease.
I may scream at the next person who says it's no big deal and I shouldn't be upset. It's a big deal to me and I'm sick of a few people telling me it's not even a real cancer. I'm terrified!