Daisy Mae the puppy visits James in the hospital during his first bout with sepsis. Photo: Jamie Gentry Jamie Gentry’s husband, James Gentry, had been talking about losing weight for years when he shed 25 pounds over a few months in 2017. James suggested the transformation could be a result of his own efforts, but […]
For Witney Carson, the diagnosis came at the worst possible time — and on the worst possible spot for a dancer: her foot. Battling melanoma could have threatened her passion and even her life, but it only made her stronger.
Melanoma took many things from Todd and Linda Nagel, but it never took away their hope. Throughout Todd’s five-year battle, they remained positive and embraced every moment together even more preciously.
“My doctor called me herself, not the office, so I knew something was fishy. She said the biopsy came back and it wasn’t basal cell, it wasn’t squamous cell and it wasn’t melanoma. So I asked, ‘What’s left on the list?’” It was Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), she told him, a rare and dangerous form of skin cancer.
Today we’re featuring a guest post written by Skin Cancer Foundation President, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD.
The last thing Summer Sanders expected to hear at a routine visit to her dermatologist was the word “melanoma.” Although the olive-skinned swimmer had grown up training in outdoor pools under the intense California sun, she had never consciously tried to get tan and never considered herself at risk for skin cancer. It just wasn’t on her radar, especially when making it into the Olympics took so much of her focus.
Over the years, my Mom and I occasionally talked about her cancer, especially when I started working at The Skin Cancer Foundation. Ocular (meaning “of the eye”) melanoma is very different from cutaneous (“of the skin”) melanoma. It’s also rarer.