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My Sister Has Cancer


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GALS, once again I am asking for your prayers. My sister Reba, whom I am VERY close to, was just diagnosed with a very agressive melanoma. She tested positive for the carrier gene marker, and has had one positive biopsy. She'll undergo another biopsy and based on those results, we'll know how far the cancer has spread, and if positive, they will biopsy her lymph nodes, do xrays and PET scans.

She is only 55 and has always been a support to me through thick and thin. She has been there for me during all the changes and sorrows of Bill's ALZ, and back when Nathan was so sick. I am devastated. We are praying that the next phase of testing will rule out spread of the disease for now, but the doctors have warned her that she will be on cancer watch for the rest of her life, regardless. She has been through so much in years past.

Pray for her please, and for me to have the strength to be a support to her.

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I'm so sorry to read this, Swannie! I lost a sister to cancer when she was 60 so I know the fear you are experiencing. I will, of course, be saying prayers for her and you both. Stay strong, she will need you.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Swannie, I just now saw your post about your sister. I'm so sorry. I am sure you are worried. I surely will pray for Reba, you and all the family. May God bless you all with peace, comfort and good news from biopsy and pet scan! No malignancy.

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BlueJean (Bonnie)

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Thank you for your kind thought sand prayers, ladies. My sister will have a very large scar on her back (14 inches long) and a small one on her face by the time they complete her surgeries to remove the cancer, but the melanoma specialist she saw (second opinion) yesterday informed her that her lymph nodes, lungs and organs have not been invaded. The first doctor she saw was wrong. The specialist also told my sister that she will be on watch for the rest of her life for the disease, and will undergo full skin scans every 6 months, but the specialist believes they caught it soon enough. No need for chemo or radiation, but she must always use protection from the sun. I guess a diagnosis of melanoma, even an aggressive case, does not always equal death. I am so thankful that I will have my sister in my life, and that she and her husband will be able to live out their dreams.

love,

Swannie

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That's good news, Swannie! Thank God it was caught early so it didn't invade organs. Make sure she keeps getting checked out in the future. Second opinions are so important.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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The first opinion was from a dermatologist. When Reba got his report she decided to seek out an actual specialst in melanoma and other skin cancers. I am so glad she got a good reccomendation from a family member.

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Just a quick update on my sister. She had (we hope) the final surgery last week to explore and remove melanoma from her back. While they did find more cancer in the area, they removed it and believe they got it all. She goes back in in 3 months to have another tissue sample taken, and then if that sample is clear, she will go again in 6 months. The doc told her she really dodged a bullet!

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Just an update. My sister's 22 year old son (my nephew) was recently screened for skin cancer including melanoma. A small mole was removed from his arm. The biopsy was positive for melanoma. He'll go in for further exploration to see how deep the cancer has spread into the layers of his skin. Thankfully we now know that melanoma is not the death sentence it used to be. But is still scary that someone his age who has never been into tanning or sunning, could get melanoma simply because my sister is a carrier of the gene.

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It's been a while since I checked in here at GALS, so I was alarmed to read your initial post about Reba's cancer, Swannie, but so relieved to know that things have turned out better than you originally thought they might for her! I will keep Reba and your family in my prayers that things continue to go well for her! How I love hearing good news...and don't we all!

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