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    FormerCaregiver
    Participant

    If you have recently joined this forum, it would be very helpful if you
    could create a brief profile so that we can quickly assess what stage you
    (or the person that you are concerned about) is at.

    There are some very knowledgeable people in this forum, who are more up to
    date than some doctors are. However, in order for you to get the best
    possible answers to your questions we really do need a basic profile in
    order to help us to help you. It doesn't have to be very long at all, but

    If you have recently joined this forum, it would be very helpful if you
    could create a brief profile so that we can quickly assess what stage you
    (or the person that you are concerned about) is at.

    There are some very knowledgeable people in this forum, who are more up to
    date than some doctors are. However, in order for you to get the best
    possible answers to your questions we really do need a basic profile in
    order to help us to help you. It doesn't have to be very long at all, but
    should include the following as per your profile page:

    Melanoma Stats
    Initial Diagnosis date
    Stage at Diagnosis
    Current Stage (this is important)
    Depth of Primary (this is very important)

    Treatment Stats
    Location:
    Doctor:
    Treatment Center:
    Clinical Trials (this is extremely important)

    Thanks,
    Frank

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      jag
      Participant

      Frank, I read through your profile and can't figure out the meaning of former caregiver.  Care to elaborate?

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      jag
      Participant

      Frank, I read through your profile and can't figure out the meaning of former caregiver.  Care to elaborate?

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        FormerCaregiver
        Participant

        It just a way of indicating that I was heavily involved in looking after my
        late wife from initial diagnosis to the moment that she lost her battle with
        this horrible disease. I am an early retiree, so I had the time to attend
        nearly all of her appointments and treatments with her.

        Unfortunately, her oncologists couldn't offer her much in the way of
        effective treatments and the cancer spread relentlessly throughout her body.
        Therefore, I took over running of the household to give her the best chance
        of reducing stress and maintaining some quality of life for as long as
        possible. I also tried to help to cope with the side effects of surgery,
        radiation treatment, chemo and a clinical trial.

        Frank

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        Jan in OC
        Participant

        Frank, Being a caregiver is no small thing.  My husband has been stage 4 for the last 1 1/2 years and I have done everything since then.  All he has to do is focus on living!  We are truly partners in this battle as it affects our entire family. I commend you  and all other caregivers out there.

        Jan, wife to Dirk

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        FormerCaregiver
        Participant

        Thanks Jan. I am not sure why, but I didn't see your reply until today while
        I was searching for something else. I appreciate your kind words.

        I certainly agree that melanoma not only affects the patient, but also those
        closest to them. All spouses who are currently caregivers deserve to be
        especially commended.

        Frank

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        FormerCaregiver
        Participant

        Thanks Jan. I am not sure why, but I didn't see your reply until today while
        I was searching for something else. I appreciate your kind words.

        I certainly agree that melanoma not only affects the patient, but also those
        closest to them. All spouses who are currently caregivers deserve to be
        especially commended.

        Frank

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        Jan in OC
        Participant

        Frank, Being a caregiver is no small thing.  My husband has been stage 4 for the last 1 1/2 years and I have done everything since then.  All he has to do is focus on living!  We are truly partners in this battle as it affects our entire family. I commend you  and all other caregivers out there.

        Jan, wife to Dirk

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        FormerCaregiver
        Participant

        It just a way of indicating that I was heavily involved in looking after my
        late wife from initial diagnosis to the moment that she lost her battle with
        this horrible disease. I am an early retiree, so I had the time to attend
        nearly all of her appointments and treatments with her.

        Unfortunately, her oncologists couldn't offer her much in the way of
        effective treatments and the cancer spread relentlessly throughout her body.
        Therefore, I took over running of the household to give her the best chance
        of reducing stress and maintaining some quality of life for as long as
        possible. I also tried to help to cope with the side effects of surgery,
        radiation treatment, chemo and a clinical trial.

        Frank

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