' I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in June 2013. The Melanoma started as a mole on my back that doctors initially brushed off as harmless- 2 dermatologists checked and said was ok. Eventually, my GP shaved it off (incompletely) at my insistence- because the Mole had grown so large it was catching on clothing. My then, my melanoma was ulcerated, had a Breslow depth of 4.7mm and a Mitotic rate of 10 per 1sq/mm. My staging is Stage 2c at the moment.'
'My diagnosis was a real shock and I have been frustrated with the differences in medical care and a number of other issues I have come across. I started blogging about my experience on the Melanomarollercoaster, initially as a way to keep family and friends updated.
Now I hope that it can inform others who all of a sudden find themselves in my situation about Melanoma and the rollercoaster of emotion and stress you suddenly become trapped on.'
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Imogen volunteered to be the first to share how she copes on the Melanoma Rollercoaster.