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Lots of survivors out there who don’t post here

Forums General Melanoma Community Lots of survivors out there who don’t post here

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    Tracy Chicago
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    Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind anyone who is feeling depressed or hopeless about melanoma that there are so many melanoma survivors out there beyond this board (but I do love the survivors on this board :)). Either they don't know about this website or they are just off enjoying life so they don't come here to post, but they do exist and they exist in masses!

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind anyone who is feeling depressed or hopeless about melanoma that there are so many melanoma survivors out there beyond this board (but I do love the survivors on this board :)). Either they don't know about this website or they are just off enjoying life so they don't come here to post, but they do exist and they exist in masses!

    I know several melanoma survivors (Stages 3 to 4) who have been around for 10 years of more after winning their battle with melanoma. They aren't people I've met through this board; they are people I met when I received my stage 3 diagnosis 3 years ago and I began that long journey of researching all the details about melanoma. It's hard to think positive, but remember that some lucky people do survive for a very long time and you just might end up being one of those lucky ones!

    Hugs,

    Tracy

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      Vermont_Donna
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      Hi Tracy,

       This is a very good point to make Tracy…we have a lot of new members on our site!

      Wishing you continued success with fighting melanoma.

      Vermont_Donna, stage 3a

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        dawn dion
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        Thanks for posting this – I was just thinking that this morning.  Wondering how many more are out there.  Something else I have been wondering about, and I know there was a  reply about it to a different post.  Something about how stats are historical, but I wonder how much the "stats" have changed in the last 5 years.   I realize that for people like myself that are stage IV it is still a uphill battle, and yes mostly likely still grim, and we are not stats, but with all of the advancements I would like to know what they truly are.  Because people that are new to this, and I am not that old, they go to the internet right off and all it says is you are going to die.  I would just be curious.

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        dawn dion
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        Thanks for posting this – I was just thinking that this morning.  Wondering how many more are out there.  Something else I have been wondering about, and I know there was a  reply about it to a different post.  Something about how stats are historical, but I wonder how much the "stats" have changed in the last 5 years.   I realize that for people like myself that are stage IV it is still a uphill battle, and yes mostly likely still grim, and we are not stats, but with all of the advancements I would like to know what they truly are.  Because people that are new to this, and I am not that old, they go to the internet right off and all it says is you are going to die.  I would just be curious.

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      Vermont_Donna
      Participant

      Hi Tracy,

       This is a very good point to make Tracy…we have a lot of new members on our site!

      Wishing you continued success with fighting melanoma.

      Vermont_Donna, stage 3a

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      BethA in VA
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      Important post.  We have to give hope to those just entering this journey.  It isn't easy for anyone…but lots of us have been here for quite some time, and we are still going strong.  You never stop being a MM patient (there are still scans, x-rays,blood work and continuous appointments), but you become a survivor with each new day.  Good luck on your journey.  Beth 3/B  (1993/2004- NED for 6 more years) 

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        boot2aboot
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        that was nice of you Tracy to remind us, the newly diagnosed, that there is hope…thank you

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        boot2aboot
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        that was nice of you Tracy to remind us, the newly diagnosed, that there is hope…thank you

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      BethA in VA
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      Important post.  We have to give hope to those just entering this journey.  It isn't easy for anyone…but lots of us have been here for quite some time, and we are still going strong.  You never stop being a MM patient (there are still scans, x-rays,blood work and continuous appointments), but you become a survivor with each new day.  Good luck on your journey.  Beth 3/B  (1993/2004- NED for 6 more years) 

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