My Experience With Melanoma-in-situ and Skin Graft
Thank you so much for the photo which gives me a lot of reassurance. Once again there's hope that things will improve once mine is done. I will show my daughter this blog. I know she will be reassured seeing that you still look beautiful despite going through this. I hope for the same outlook as you have..and the same strength. You're an inspiration!
Thank you! Yours may turn out better than mine. I wish you all the best. Feel free to comment again in the future with an update.
You're looking incredible & your skin graft is barely noticeable anymore! You have been such an inspiration to so many people, thank you for taking the time to update us. I'm on my 3rd year of having my skin graft (upper lip) and just finished several laser sessions. Last week I had filler to try & correct the concave appearance which has bothered me from day one and never really "filled in". Oh the joys!! A long drawn out process, but finally seeing some small improvement. Best wishes to you & thanks again for providing people with hope!
Thank you for writing. Nice to know that filler is helping somewhat. I appreciate your note very much. Best wishes to you!
Thank you so much for this blog. It has helped me more than you can imagine. You have made me start to feel positive.
Thanks for letting me know. Stay positive.
Thank you so much for writing this blog and posting all the pics. I'm just over a year post skin graft under my eye. It's the worst ordeal I've ever had to go through. I've been in such a deep depression and this helps. Can I ask a question? Both my dad and aunt have gone through at least six moh's for spots on their face. The skin surgeon has prescribed and they have used Efudex. I'm thinking about asking for it so I can prevent future surgeries. I've seen the pictures online and it looks horrible while in the process. Have you used this or have any experience with it? I am 46 years old.
Thank you for your kind words. I've never used the topical treatments, but a friend of mine in her 30's used some form of it. For two weeks she had a lot of peeling and redness, and her face looked very good afterwards. There are different brands and formula strengths and I don't remember which she was prescribed. If you're willing to endure a couple of weeks of hiding your face, it might be something to ask your dermatologist about. If you're like me, you probably got pretty good at hiding, after the graft. If anyone else reading this blog sees your question, hopefully they'll add a comment.
Hi again. I have a skin check next month with my dermatologist, so I will talk to her about it and see if she will prescribe it for me. I thought maybe I would just start with my nose to see what reaction I have. That way, if it does stay permanently red or discolored it will just be a small area of my face. I have definitely gotten good at hiding. I finally went to my eye doctor after putting it off and just got new glasses that have a rose-colored tint to them. It makes me feel a little less self conscious when I'm out in public and I can wear them indoors. They are not as dark as sunglasses would be. Hope you are doing well.
Great idea to get rose-colored glasses! Thanks for the update.
Thank you so much for you blog! I appreciate seeing where your journey started and where you are today. You look beautiful! And your pictures are so helpful to see. I had Mohs surgery for SCC in the middle of Oct and a skin graft two days later. The area is very similar to the spot of your surgery. Although it is a self-imprisonment, I hate the "waiting it out" at home until the site shows improvement. I don't see my family/friends or do the things I would like to do. Of course I am happy to now be cancer free. But now I have a "different" face than I had before the Mohs and skin graft and I don't like it. Hopefully in time I will be more accepting of it. I know if this happened to one of my friends, I would be so supportive and accepting of their scar. Why are we so much harder on being accepting of ourselves?
Thank you for your very kind words. Your last sentence/question is SO TRUE! Everyone around me was so accepting, but I was so hard on myself! I appreciate your note very much.