Real patients discuss their personal history of skin cancer, and talk about their diagnosis.
When the doctor first told me it was cancer, I was very scared. I didn’t think that that was what it really was.
When the dermatologist first told me that it was cancer I thought, “Oh, wow! What am I going to have to go through now?”
When I was first diagnosed with the melanoma I was thinking, “Oh, goodness. I’ve got cancer.”
Thoughts that went through my head at the time when I first heard the diagnosis, was cancer. Anytime I hear the word cancer, of course I’m going to be apprehensive, a little bit scared.
When I was first diagnosed, many thoughts went through my head, one of which was, you know, “What if this turns out to be the worst case scenario and I’m not here in a few years?” I guess I came to the conclusion ultimately that I wasn’t so much afraid of dying, once I learned to deal with that word, as I was of being dead. Once I’m gone, my pain’s over. I was worried about my children. What’s going to happen to them? I wouldn’t be around to hold them, to see their high school prom, to see their wedding, to take care of them. As a father, that scared me more than my own mortality by any stretch of the imagination.
The scariest part of this whole experience was … every step. I mean, I was scared, worrying that I had melanoma. And then I was scared during the surgery. And then I was scared after the biopsy came in and found out that I actually did have melanoma. And then I was scared for my family. I was scared through the whole thing, but at different points for different reasons.
Even knowing the technology we have today and how easily it’s healed in a lot of cases, it’s still a scary thought to think, “I’m going through cancer.”
Well, somebody who’s first been diagnosed with cancer, I think the first thing I’d tell them is, “Congratulate yourself. Because, like with all cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better it is.