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Hi! I am new to this particular board and frankly I am quite frightened. I had surgery on the 9th of August to remove a huge black ugly mole which just seemed to pop up in a space of 6 months. I am 54 years old, and have Hypo Thyroid disease.

Well, I went back yesterday to have the stitches removed, and to get the pathology reports on the mole itself. Not good news. I now have a surgical date to have a section about 3 to 5 cm of [COLOR=Red][B]me[/B][/COLOR] removed from my upper back (on the neck but mid shoulder on the 1st of September. and good thing I am sort of not a small person, as they will find lots of skin to cover the site.

The plastic surgeon was able to 'pull a few strings' and get me into a cancer specialist hospital in Toronto (I am from Canada) after the surgery for assessment and eventual course of treatment be it chemo or radiation or what.

If it were not for my daughter (age 24) who spied this mole thing and nagged me quite off my feet, to get it looked at who knows? Since I am not in the habit of peering backwards into a mirror, what if I had no one to get 'grossed out' and refuse to rub my neck hahah. I am trying to keep my senses about me, but since finding out yesterday morning (yesterday being the 24th) I have just not been able to think clear, so please excuse this long post.

One of my many questions for you guys here, is does anyone know the time space tween full removal of all the surrounding tissue (and a skin graft to cover the wound site) (ouch that will hurt too I bet) and when the rest of the treatment begins? I was in a great fog, as this whole thing was completly out of 'left field' even the doctor was stunned but the report talked about due to the thickness of the mole? (now it was big, but I bet there are bigger out there) my DD says it looked like a black mexican bean sitting on my mid neck. HMMM

Any answers would be appreciated.

Bonnie
[QUOTE=BonBe]Hi! I am new to this particular board and frankly I am quite frightened. I had surgery on the 9th of August to remove a huge black ugly mole which just seemed to pop up in a space of 6 months. I am 54 years old, and have Hypo Thyroid disease.

Well, I went back yesterday to have the stitches removed, and to get the pathology reports on the mole itself. Not good news. I now have a surgical date to have a section about 3 to 5 cm of [COLOR=Red][B]me[/B][/COLOR] removed from my upper back (on the neck but mid shoulder on the 1st of September. and good thing I am sort of not a small person, as they will find lots of skin to cover the site.

The plastic surgeon was able to 'pull a few strings' and get me into a cancer specialist hospital in Toronto (I am from Canada) after the surgery for assessment and eventual course of treatment be it chemo or radiation or what.

If it were not for my daughter (age 24) who spied this mole thing and nagged me quite off my feet, to get it looked at who knows? Since I am not in the habit of peering backwards into a mirror, what if I had no one to get 'grossed out' and refuse to rub my neck hahah. I am trying to keep my senses about me, but since finding out yesterday morning (yesterday being the 24th) I have just not been able to think clear, so please excuse this long post.

One of my many questions for you guys here, is does anyone know the time space tween full removal of all the surrounding tissue (and a skin graft to cover the wound site) (ouch that will hurt too I bet) and when the rest of the treatment begins? I was in a great fog, as this whole thing was completly out of 'left field' even the doctor was stunned but the report talked about due to the thickness of the mole? (now it was big, but I bet there are bigger out there) my DD says it looked like a black mexican bean sitting on my mid neck. HMMM

Any answers would be appreciated.

Bonnie[/QUOTE]


hi bonnie,

just wanted to say that all of us on the thyroid board are rooting for you ...

i think you find out what stage it's at when they remove the whole thing (i know that was the case with my friend who had breast cancer) ... there are four stages called (oddly ;) ) I, II, III, and IV, and i think I is the least serious and IV is the worst (unless i've got that backward, but i don't think so) ...

it's all a whirlwind, isn't it? :(

jb





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