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Rebound June 21, 2012

Filed under: Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 2:49 PM

rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw.  Rebounds are divided into two main categories: “offensive rebounds”, in which the ball is recovered by the offensive side and does not change possession, and “defensive rebounds,” in which the defending team gains possession.

Rebound: Going from one relationship to the next right away to avoid the pain of a breakup.

 

In either case, we are in a defensive rebound.  Cancer has the ball again.  Brain has moved from colon cancer to melanoma.  It has been a month since his last PET scan and the diagnosis/surgery of melanoma.  Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.

Normally, skin cells develop in a controlled and orderly way — healthy new cells push older cells toward your skin’s surface, where they die and eventually fall off. But when some cells develop DNA damage, new cells may begin to grow out of control and can eventually form a mass of cancerous cells.  Just what damages DNA in skin cells and how this leads to melanoma isn’t clear. It’s likely that a combination of factors, including environmental and genetic factors, causes melanoma. Still, doctors believe exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and from tanning lamps and beds is the leading cause of melanoma.  UV light doesn’t cause all melanomas, especially those that occur in places on your body that don’t receive exposure to sunlight. This indicates that other factors may contribute to your risk of melanoma.

Brian’s did not present as you see in textbooks and the dermatologist was even surprised.  (pictures)

Surgery is needed to treat melanoma. The skin cancer and some surrounding tissue will be removed. How much skin is removed depends on how deep the melanoma has grown.  2 weeks ago he had his surgery, I posted the pictures.

If the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, these lymph nodes may also be removed.  Back into surgery.  Now, all lymph nodes on his right side under his arm will be removed.  After surgery, he will start an aggressive medicine called interferon.  It is actually from the same family of drugs that I am on.  I take an interferon drug for MS.  However, his immunotherapy will be at a dose of 40 million units.  I take a tiny fraction if that.   This will boost his immune system to fight off any other (melanoma) cancer cells.  It is an industrial dose at first called the load, then it moves to injections for a year.

He will go for more doctor appointments, ophthalmologist, ent, mri’s, oncologist….. (we have many good ones that I can recommend).  There are many positives again this time around.  It has been caught early, we have great doctors already in place, and we have been through something like this once before.

No one ever said life would be easy or manageable.  I am thankful for having God to give us strength to get through.  I am thankful for the friends I have around and the love and support from our families.  We’ll take it one day at a time.

Here’s some good info to know:

The American Cancer Society recommends professional skin examinations every year for people older than 40, and every 3 years for people ages 20 – 40.  The risk of melanoma seems to be increasing in people under 40, especially women.

You should also examine your skin once a month, using a mirror to check hard-to-see places. Call your doctor if you notice any changes.

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to reduce your exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet light is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to avoid sun exposure during these hours. Protect the skin by wearing hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.

  • Apply high-quality sunscreens with sun protection factor (SPF) ratings of at least 15, even when you are only going outdoors for a short time.
  • Apply a large amount of sunscreen on all exposed areas, including ears and feet.
  • Look for sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB light.
  • Use a waterproof formula.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply it frequently, especially after swimming.
  • Use sunscreen in winter, too. Protect yourself even on cloudy days.

Other important facts to help you avoid too much sun exposure:

  • Avoid surfaces that reflect light more, such as water, sand, concrete, and white-painted areas.
  • The dangers are greater closer to the start of summer.
  • Skin burns faster at higher altitudes.
  • Avoid sun lamps, tanning beds, and tanning salons.
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2 Responses to “Rebound”

  1. Nancy Says:

    HI Amy–I missed your post from a few weeks ago. Praying for your family! You have been through so much.

  2. Kristy Says:

    Praying for you and your family.


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