- August 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm
Melanoma is not a death sentence. It is true that the statistics are not great. Everyone is different though, and there are many many people on this board who have even more advanced mel and are doing quite well. There are many here also who are not doing well, but they are fighting like hell and greatly inspire me.
We all have our own paths to take and they all involved very tough decisions. We understand what you are going through, and I hope that you will find encouragement here to fight your battle. Researchers are on the edge of many breakthrough treatments.
My husband really wanted to enroll in the vaccine trial that you mentioned, but he didn't test positive for the protein so he's pretty much left with no treatment options at this point. We have a 3 year old child and refuse for one minute to let this disease take any more from us than it already has. Every day is a gift. We live each day with joy and gratitude. Of course no one would ever choose to have cancer, but because of cancer we look at life through a different lens than most. It has brought us great friendships, blessings (yes, I said blessings) and taught us to live and love to the fullest.
Blessings & peace to you and Bob. May you both have the wisdom to make the best decisions for yourselves and find support both here and at home. Keep us updated.
wife to Bill, stage IIIc