Hi! My name is Charissa Sampson. I am 48 years old, been married to James for 22 years, and have three daughters aged 18, 16, and 13. I was diagnosed with melanoma at the end of July 2013 after having a biopsy on a small mole on my left calf. I went through the standard surgery of having an area around the mole removed and a lymph node tested in August 2013. The lymph node had an area of cancer in it so I had a complete lymphadenectomy two weeks later. All of the nodes that were removed (28 in total) were all clear so at the time I was officially Stage 3a and NED (no evidence of disease). In January 2017, it was discovered that the disease had progressed to my pelvis and lungs. I am now at Stage 4 and beginning a new journey. Here is what I read the day before I had the scans. It is from a 14th century manuscript written by an unknown monk called "The Cloud of Unknowing": "And therefore for God s love, govern your body and soul, and get thee good health as much as thou mayest. And if sickness come against thy power, have patience and abide meekly God s mercy: and all is then good enough. For I tell thee truly, that ofttimes patience in sickness and in other diverse tribulations pleaseth God much more than any devotion that thou mayest have in thy health."