Fighting Against Malignant Melanoma

by Stephanie
(Bloomington, IN, USA)

As a teenager I always loved to go to the tanning salon. All of the popular girls in my school did it and I did too. I wanted to fit in and look just as good as they did.

While I did succeed in becoming popular myself and having a great school life the long-term effects on my habits have been way more than I have bargained for.

In 2007 I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma due to my use of tanning beds. When I heard the news from my dermatologist I was devastated.

I was the type of person who thought cancer was something I could never get. I was young, healthy, on a great diet and exercised at least three times a week.

Sadly, though, Skin Cancer does not care about these things.

The only option I had for treating my malignant melanoma condition was to undergo chemotherapy. I was so scared but I knew this was my only option.

During my chemotherapy treatments I lost my entire hair, lost a great deal of weight, and generally felt bad. I had lost a great sense of myself.

The woman whom had worked so hard to make herself beautiful was no more. I felt like I was slowly turning into nothing. This fight against malignant melanoma was horrifying.

I was put on antidepressants because I was having suicidal thoughts. I was devastated and my family was worried about me.

After a year or so, the doctors told me I was "OK" and that I could get off chemo. Somehow I had survived. I was relieved but also very weak.

They told me that even though the cancer had been treated that there was a chance there would be a recurrence in the future.

I really just want to let everyone who uses tanning beds that they are dangerous. My tanning bed usage is what led to me getting Skin Cancer Melanoma.

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