Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. My name is Kristen and i have stage 4 spindle cell melanoma which has spread to my brain I was first dx with melanoma on 1.14.10 with a spot on my right upper arm that looked like a zit. It had been there a couple of months and I didnt initially worry about ir much. I was working FT as a Physician Assistant in a busy Urgent Care office. My scrubs shirt sleeve hems would rub on the " pimple " and make it bleed sometimes. Because of the nature of my work, I ended up getting a MRSA infection in the spot, and took prescribed antibiotics. i woke one morning a couple of weeks later, and it had drastically changed into a 1cm nodule, perfectly round and raised, like a red Spree Candy stuck on my arm. I saw a dermatologist, Dr Nelson in Murfreesboro TN who removed it and sent it off for testing.i got the call, at work, that i had stage 2B melanoma a few days later.i rarely miss work and even more rarely cry, but that day I did both!