Jeff’s Story

Site created on March 12, 2019

In September 2018, I noticed a strange looking mole on Jeff's left upper back.  I knew he needed to get it removed, but never dreamed I would be starting a CaringBridge page as a result.  The mole was biopsied and Jeff was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma.  He had two subsequent surgeries, and we thought we were in the clear.   What we didn't realize, was that the cancer cells were already on the move.  In January 2019, we found out Jeff's cancer had moved to his liver and spleen.  We are fortunate to have so many concerned people in our lives and figured CaringBridge might be the best way to keep everyone in the loop.  Thank you for all of your support throughout this difficult time.  We love you all!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Kristen Soukup

I had my appointment today in a Houston. They are pretty sure that node in my chest is melanoma even though path didn't confirm it after my biopsy in Sioux Falls. There are two more spots on the other side of my chest that are much smaller, but suspicious. They are going to schedule me for a surgery to either remove the bigger node or just core biopsy it if they can't take it out. If biopsy confirms that it is melanoma they will start the "big gun" immunotherapy.  I will be seeing a thoracic surgeon here and having surgery done here at some point in near future.  So news, not great, but nothing really surprising.  The liver looks good and the doctor said he hasn't really seen melanoma act this way so per usual, I am an interesting case. 
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