I want to share all the details of what has been going on in hopes of helping to save someones life. I had a mole that developed in the 2017-2018 time period that concerned me. Twice last year I went to the doctor to specifically address this mole on my left pec. Both times the doctor said not to worry about it. Three weeks ago I visited a different doctor and told him I wanted the mole removed and biopsied. A week later I received a call saying it came back ‘invasive melanoma’, the worst kind of skin cancer. Luckily we caught it early and it was shallow and relatively small. Just two days ago on Friday I went under the knife for a ‘wide-incision’ to make sure it was all cut out and then sutured up. The incision was 2.5 inches and will be apart of my life story moving forward. I have to be very careful with my chest the next 4-weeks so the sutures heal correctly. I have to have my skin checked every 3 months for a year, then every 6 months, then every year for the rest of my life. Tomorrow, Monday, I am having the doctor check all my kids just to be careful. There are a few things I really want to drive home to you all of my friends:
- Sun tanning beds increase chances of melanoma 30%. So don’t do it. I will only be using tanning lotions moving forward and sun protection lotion when in the sun.
- Melanoma is not directly associated with just sun exposure. It could be somewhat genetic and reasons the medical community are still trying to pin point.
- Melanoma can present in babies, children, and adults. Women typically get them on their legs and men on their back, but mine presented on my chest.
- If you have any moles you are concerned about get checked immediately. Get a second opinion if needed. If the doctor says don’t worry about it, but you are still concerned just tell them to take it off. Doing this might have saved my life.
My goal the next month is to be careful and train in a safe way that helps retain the muscle I’ve built the last 1.5 years. I still have hopes of competing in a natural pro show this later June. If things don’t heal properly or if I feel I am just not ready because of this surgery I’ll just wait until later 2020. Thank you all so much for the encouragement and prayers during this period. Love you all.
(The mole is there on my left chest near the nipple)