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scared to death!!!!!!!!!!

by Shelly Erdner
(Timberlake N.C.)

About 2 and a half years ago I had a little skin colored thing pop up on my nose.


I went to the dermatologist and she said I had a clogged pore, like a pimple.

So she gave me some cream to make it go away. After using the cream for a few weeks it went away but the area started bleeding so I called for another app.

I had to wait for her to come back for knee surgery. When I went in she removed the area where the pimple thing was.

A week later I got a call saying they found some abnormal cells that I needed to see a specialist who can remove areas on face.

So I waited 2 months, went in early in the morning with my sister and they told me I had a rare cancer so they took off half of the left side of my nose.

Then they put me in the waiting room with a bandaid on it for a couple hours.

When they called me back to say they got it all I was relieved. I mean it was on my nose, I knew they would of had to graft skin.

SO they gave me my options of the graft or a skin flap.

I new what neither were so I started freaking out.I was crying so hard i didn't know what to do.

I was only 37.

My sister made the decision for me ..a flap. It starts at he base on the left side and then goes all the way to the top of my nose.

I was so confused. I mean the dermatologist acted like it was nothing to it.

But the one who did my surgery said if I hadn't of come in when I did, it would have spread fast and chemo wouldn't of helped.

I trusted my gut on this one I knew something was wrong. IT was Atypical with irregular borders.

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by: Gary

It's a good thing you trusted your gut on this. As you already know, it could have been worse.

I would have liked to see the doctors do a better job in informing and explaining. I think most of them don't think that we may not understand what they are talking about and we don't know enough to be able to ask the right questions.

We're just like you said ..."scared to death".

Take care of your health and the parts you are able to control.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
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