The majority of people we come across in our daily lives have no idea what it means to live with cancer, the surgeries and treatments. It is normal for most people to answer with an "I'm fine" when asked how they are doing. It is people whom live with illness that contemplate this unrehearsed answer.
Since my surgeries and treatment with high dose IL-2, I have tried to redefine my new normal, my new fine. My original goal was to get back to the person I was before my cancer advanced to stage IV melanoma and the following surgeries and treatment. Then I came to realize that I am a different person than I was before and that that was ok. I don't need ...
I had stage 2c melanoma for a year then it came back near the original lesion and spread to my liver, breast and 2 spots on my spine and neck. I am curious when maintenance treatment for 2c melanoma was suggested by Ahmed Tarhini? My recurrence and metastises occurred in 2012.
I have stage IV metastatic melanoma and I have two kids ages 10 and 14. I believe that in most literature you read it is recommended that sun protection for everyone is a minimum of SPF 30 using a broad spectrum sunscreen preferably with zinc oxide. I liked your recommendation to not use oxybenzone in children's sunscreen and all the other recommendations about reapplying and different ways to get sun exposure.
One thing I would add, since it is so popular now with teens, is to avoid tanning beds. Unfortunately, teenagers are using tanning beds at an alarming rate and the tanning bed industry is loosely regulated when it comes to teenagers. This needs to change and legislation should be enacted to ban teens from