Melanoma-Me Foundation

Supporting Patients and Their Families Affected by Melanoma and Skin Cancer

Tel: 0191 4922211 or email melanomame17@gmail.com

Supporting Patients and Their Families Affected by Melanoma and Skin Cancer Tel: 0191 4922211 or email melanomame17@gmail.com

Your Stories

Sophie’s Story

As a 20 year old I was conscious about my body and enjoyed a tan. I was never a massive sunbed user but before going on holiday I thought I would get a ‘base tan’.
As I stood on the sunbed and swiftly looked down at my body, a dark patch on my arm caught my eye. It hadn’t really bothered me before but I just brushed it off as ‘skin cancer would never happen to me’.
In august 2015 I went on holiday to Crete with my family and remember laying on a sun lounger and looking down at my arm thinking that the previous dark patch/mole looked a little different to a month before. Once again I brushed it off as nothing.
Upon returning home I mentioned the dark, asymmetric mole to my Mam, who told me if in doubt, check it out.
I never made a specific appointment, but just by chance when I was at the nurses office for a prescription for my pill I mentioned it. “I’ll just get the doctor to have a check, that mole is a tad funny looking” she said.
After a dermoscope check and two weeks later I found myself at Darlington hospital for what I thought was going to be a a quick check. He referred me for mole mapping and a biopsy of the mole. I came away with a referral form stating ‘suspected melanoma’.
Once again I brushed it off thinking it was just precautionary procedures and didn’t think about it again. Two weeks later I had the mole removed- a procedure which was quite painless and a lot less dramatic than I anticipated.
This was in November. A week later I was told my appointment to find out the results was pushed back- no worries I thought, if it was anything sinister they would’ve had me in by now.
How wrong I was.
December 4th 2015 I went for my appointment to be told I had stage 1a melanoma. At 21 years old I had skin cancer. I was numb. Without my family, boyfriend and friends I don’t know how I would’ve made it out of that dark place. Two days before Christmas, 23rd December 2015, I had my wide local excision. The surgeon took away an extra 1 cm away from the original scar and I was warned I would be left with a ‘mini shark bite’.
At first I was devastated at such a large scar due to the impact of cancer. It took over my life for a time and the mental effects were worse than the physical.
I would rather have had 10 nasty scars than the emotional and mental scars it has left me with.
Luckily it doesn’t look as bad now. I am now 1 year and 5 months no evidence of disease and I plan to keep it that way.
I am running the race for life in July to raise awareness and celebrate kicking cancers fat backside! Please stay safe in the sun and remember- factor 50 doesn’t mean you won’t tan, it just means your skin is safe for being 2x as likely to develop skin cancer. 🤞🏻
Thanks so much Sophie for sharing your story this could just save a life!

Online Training

Melanoma-Me Foundation’s ‘Skin-cancer Prevention in Families (SPF) 5* Awards’ is an online course designed to educate people in the beauty, health and wellbeing industry on how to recognise the signs of skin cancer.

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If everyone reading this message donated £2 today, then we would be able to fund the further care and support of 44 patients who have Malignant Melanoma and other skin cancers.

Please give what you can today. Thank you.