i never really thought about having a blog, but truth be told, i hadn't really thought about a lot of things before july 16th last year. on that day, i received the news that i had been diagnosed with stage III metastatic melanoma and my world came crashing down. exactly one week later, i had surgery at UW to remove the melanoma and one lymph node. within weeks, i started high-dose interferon treatments at seattle cancer care alliance, one dose five days a week for four weeks. following that, i started a regimen of interferon that includes doing shots of interferon three times a week at home. in total, i will have done a year of treatment when i do my last shot in august. the interferon comes with many side effects, which i am sure will be a topic of a blog at some point. my next round of scans will be in august. my last scans showed a spot on my left lung (we don't know what that spot is at this point), and so fingers are crossed that the spot has not increased when i get those upcoming results. that is a very quick background for what seems like a very long story.
as i approach the one year anniversary of my diagnosis, and continue to dig deep to get through the treatments, there seems to be many things that i want/need to say, and i figured that a blog may be a good way for me to do that. i have no clue what i am doing, but if you are reading this, i must have done something right;)
i am excited to start this blog and see where it takes me.....i don't know where life or this blog is going to take me, but i would love to have you along for the ride.