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Jan 19, 2017 Latest post:
Oct 11, 2018
In mid January 2014 I has a mole on my scalp which did not look good according to my wife Ann. Two weeks later on January 30th, 2014, we went to Dermatology at Mayo Clinic to have it checked. It was their opinion it look suspicious and they did a biopsy, which turned out to be melanoma. On February 6th, 2014 I has the melanoma successfully removed. The melanoma had not traveled to the lymph nodes (thank you Lord for that). I have been going in for checkups every three months and then more recently every six months. All of these follow-up appointments were fine with no sign of melanoma.
I started having a few symptoms nothing major and Ann and I thought I should talk with my doctor. We had an appointment set up for January 5, 2017. My doctor did an exam and some simple tests while watching my face, etc. He thought my left side lip was a little drooped, so he suggested an MRI (we thought maybe a slight stroke). Well the MRI came back with 2 tumors (small) and 2 lesions (small) on my brain; not in any vital location that would have affected any motor skills or body functions. After consults with Oncology, it was decided that I would have a procedure called the GAMMA Knife Procedure which is pin point radiation aimed directly at the the tumors and lesions. This procedure was completed on Tuesday January 10, 2017, the procedure went with out incident. I will have another follow-up MRI on my brain in 2-3 months.
A PET scan was also scheduled for January 16,2017 to see if there might be more melanoma in the rest of my body. The PET scan showed that I have 2 other lesions in my body. One is on my 2nd rib and the other on my L-4 vertebrae. I will be going to Mayo on Thursday January 19th for a biopsy on the rib lesion. I also have a follow-up appointment with my Oncology Doctor on Tuesday January 24, 2017.
Praise the LORD for his blessings to me so far in 2017.