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Aneta

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a young (34) mum of an 8 month old baby boy and 2.5 year old girl. Australia has been my home for the past 13 years and family, nutrition and outdoor activities are my focus in life.

When and how did you first find out you had Stage 1 Melanoma?

In August 2021 I noticed something that looked like a blister or a pimple on top of my foot. A GP advised it was nothing to worry about. However, I went back a month later to cut it off and a week after that he informed me that it was Melanoma stage 1, 0.8mm thick.

Is there any information that you wish you had been told when you first got diagnosed?

I was lucky to have a caring GP that explained in detail what is going to happen and how.

What challenges did you and your family and/or friends face after your diagnosis?

It was difficult to take care of my children as my mind was “paralysed” and I was constantly fearful for my life. The first few days I couldn’t look at them without crying all day long.

The fear of going outside and being exposed to the sun overtook me completely, and I still struggle with this fear. I became quite paranoid and even snappy towards my family. I also became obsessed with my body checking every tiny bump and wanting to see doctors every second day.

I couldn’t eat or sleep for weeks constantly searching internet to find more information.

My anxiety has become quite severe ever since.

Tell us about your treatment

I had an initial biopsy followed by a wide local excision and skin graft on my foot. I also had two lymph nodes removed from my groin which came negative.

Is there any advice you’d like to give for someone going to their first treatment?

Have faith in our medical system as we are lucky that Australia has one of the best and advanced treatments available.

What got you through the most challenging times?

My children.

Tell us about your involvement with MPA

I joined the MPA Facebook community, where I’ve been able to share my personal experiences and struggles as well as trying to uplift those who have difficult moments.

How has melanoma cancer affected your outlook on life?

I have become a very vigilant decision-maker and appreciate every day I get to enjoy.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra?

Life is so precious, don’t waste a day.

I’m happiest when…

I am with my children.

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