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My name is Lauren Marie, and I am currently a 5-year Ocular Melanoma survivor. According to my last scan in January, I am thankfully still cancer-free with no evidence of disease. I was diagnosed in 2016 at the age of 21 and am now 26 years old, working as a behavioral health specialist at a children’s psychiatric hospital.
I recently started a support group for young adults who have been diagnosed with OM. I started the group a few years ago after searching on various support websites and realizing that it is very uncommon to find someone in their late teens, ’20s, or 30’s diagnosed with this. I created two groups: one on Facebook and the other through a text message group. We will occasionally get together through facetime or zoom to chat with everyone and see how they are doing and give support if needed. If you are a patient or know someone in this age group who wants to join, please have them reach out to me by email or send me a message on Facebook. I am excited to get to know anyone who decides to join the group 🙂
I hope everyone on this forum is doing well and never forget to keep fighting and always keep your spirits up 🙂
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