Eight Crazed Days Update:
I had my first doctors appointment since the surgery yesterday. Since the surgery (even a little before) it has become apparent that the treatment I am on, the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, have given me very good results. Every noticeable tumor I could feel on the surface of my skin has reduced dramatically. Even my oncologist smiled at the results, an occurrence on par with a Yeti sighting. We do not know if they will work forever but for today they are. My hemoglobin was improved, even higher than following the blood transfusions I needed while in the hospital. My liver and kidneys are functioning like champs, even with the onslaught of pills I have been dumping into my body. My MRI came back clean! No signs of melaNOma in my head AND I still have a brain.
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The photo is not my actual X-rays, but I can say they look eerily similar. I never would have imagined the destruction that melanoma could do to the bone structure. We believe I have had a tumor there for a long time actually which is why my arm has been hurting me for years, even while I played hockey through the pain. Amazing!
Thank you to everyone that has supported us financially in their own ways. Every amount helps more than you know. I am humbled by your support and our family is so thankful for the assistance in this time of need.
Not my arm, but VERY CLOSE to it!