Its been two years since I had my melanoma removed. I kind of regret not taking a photo of the mole (though who does that?) or a photo of the scar when it was fresh. Its kind of skin colored now and no longer raised, albeit still long and pretty huge.
Since then, I've had 2 more suspicious moles removed (neither of the sharpie-marker variety, and both the derm took off only because of my history and their slight odd-ness). I had a mole removed at my last appointment
because it had changed color. I mentioned it to the doctor when she started scanning me. She looked at it, kind of shrugged, finished my front, then returned to it. With a microscope. And off it came. It was oval and had darkened a little on one side. She assured me all would be fine and said to come back in 6 months.
I'm going back in 2 weeks. The nurse called a couple of days ago and the sample was abnormal - not cancer, but inflamed [something I didn't catch] (yes I could have asked to speak to her later, but really, when a medical office calls with test results, 99.5% of the time it is not good news - e.g. no news is good news - and who wants to be in suspense like that?). So, I get to get more skin taken out from around my pre-cancerous mole.
The nurse told me several times its not urgent - and if I was going away for Memorial Day to make the appointment for June so I don't have to worry about the stitches. Awesome. Let's assume its not going to be a giant hole and 4 inches of stitches. I'll believe that until told otherwise.
I did be sure to schedule my appointment after my last rugby game ever though...