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Patient Stories

Belinda Smith

I had my first Melanoma in my late 20’s. I had been cleared by a Mole scan clinic but had a gut feeling one wasn’t right so went to my GP to have it removed. It came back level 1 in situ Melanoma. I remember fainting and thinking I was going to die like Mum. After that removal I had multiple excisions which were benign or dysplastic.
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Chris Murphy

I underwent full body CT scan while in hospital to be told by the registrar that rest of the body was clear of tumours. Yippee. Two days later I was told that this diagnosis was wrong and there were tumours in my lungs and suspicious spots on top of the adrenal glands and in the lymph nodes on the left side of my neck and a need for a future PET scan.
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Christine Osbourne

In November 2016 I found a very small non descript lump under my arm and after a biopsy I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. The Primary site was never found.
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Don Watson

A challenging issue for my family and friends is that although I'm on treatment I look fit and well. But they don't see me on my bad days.
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Eric Ewing

Eric had pain in his back (above the waist) and we thought he had developed another kidney stone. Following an ultrasound, the Dr told us that there was a mass on Eric’s adrenal gland and that he wanted Eric to have a chest x-ray and a brain scan. As soon as I heard this I just knew that it was cancer.
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Karen Dunks

The lesson I’ve learned from this diagnosis is to stand up for yourself, ask questions. And if you’re still not satisfied ask for an explanation, get a second opinion! Write everything down and keep copies of all your results.
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Karine Tobin

I was 34 weeks pregnant when the surgeon told me the results. It was melanoma. When he told me I had cancer, my entire world felt apart. I was pregnant and had a 17 month old son, I was terrified I wouldn’t see my children grow.
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Kristen Pickford

I had my first surgery when I was 32 weeks pregnant. This was one of the hardest surgeries I went through because I was so worried about my unborn baby.
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Lucas Ridgway

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma when I had a lump under my cheekbone biopsied.
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Lyn Batchelor – Carer

I believe that carers do go through the stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
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Sarah Terrill

A really nasty black spot was visible on my left shoulder, and I dismissed it as a blood blister.
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Trish McDonald

Although upset and terrified of the sun I just got on with life, however the diagnosis was always in the back of my mind.
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