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This is who I had become. Living with a passion of helping others because I helped myself.

February 1st, 2016- After a long battle with Healthcare.gov and United Healthcare I was finally able to see a dermatologists about this odd mole that was growing on my left arm.

Sorry I never did snap a picture of it because I thought it was disgusting, about an inch around and 1/4 to 1/2 off my arm. It began from nothing, not even a small mole. I first noticed as a ingrown hair and though that’s what it was for about 2-3 weeks. Then it began to grow larger and turning brown and raised up out of my left arm. I asked my parents to look at it over the Christmas holidays and they both said “You had better get that looked at”. So I did before New Years with my GP. He couldn’t figure out what it was. We even looked at all the different types of moles from Skin Cancer but nothing matched what was growing on my arm. So he concluded that I go see a dermatologist.

That’s when I contacted the Dermatologist the next next day and made an appointment for the 3rd week of January, the earliest he could get me in. Well because of Healthcare.gov insurance issues my insurance policy with United Healthcare was terminated. I won’t go into many details on that because it was a fight but it was resolved.alt="Melanoma scar"

After resolving all the Insurance issues I was able to see the Dermatologist on February 1st. That’s when he concluded that it was probably Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Never even considering Melanomas. So he did the biopsy and cut the thing off.

 


February 4th, 2016- Ther dermatologist calls me in the afternoon to advise that the biopsy results came in. “Mr. Duffield the results showed that you have Melanoma and you will be receiving a call from the Oncologist within 24 hours to schedule an appointment.” Me: “Can you tall me how bad?” “Mr. Duffield I am afraid I can’t but you will be hearing from the Dr. within 24 hours.”

I began to sweat. I remember standing up and walking outside onto my patio. Beginning to cry I told myself wait, don’t let your fears take over, this too is a battle you can win.

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Thomas Carlyle
That night I lit the chimenea and began to pray with a cold IPA in my hand. I knew I could gain the strength to not only beat cancer but also live with it just as I have done with Ankylosing Spondylitis.


February 5th, 2016- I get the call from the Oncologist with a scheduled appointment of 12:30 on the following Tuesday. I go immediately to my Facebook page and post this:

Oh BOY!!!!!! There is some crap happening right now in my life, which I’ll share publically soon. But the mindset I am keeping will help me beat this. Plus I will make a positive out of it ALL. 2016 is going to be a great year no matter what life throws at me. I know I have the support of me friends, family and Beachbody.
With support you can not fail!!!

Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire, and push each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame, and complain.
This is when I decided I was going to do this all publically and with the Support of my Beachbody community I was going win.

That same afternoon, a life-long friend calls me to invite me to her family’s ranch because her kids really want to see “Uncle Chris”. My immediate response was no but the more I thought about it (really 1 minute) I was saying yes. Let me get the HECK out of Austin and into the country to enjoy some fresh air and away from everything so I can think of what’s to come.


alt="rockbalance"February 7th, 2016- The night came after a long day on the ranch feeding Longhorns, cutting down trees and talking with my friends and their Dad everything hit me that night. I must have cried for hours to my best friend Ron. Just letting it all out. “I have internal Melanoma and the chances are low that one can beat it”. But there was one thing that he said that made perfect sense. “Chris, your the strongest SOB I know and you will beat this”! That next morning I created this!


February 9th, 2016- With my Mother by my side, who drove down from Dallas the afternoon before, we arrived at Texas Oncology office in Austin, Tx. That’s where I met the Oncologists and was given the news that I have a 6mm Melanoma, which is stage 4 Melanoma. Here’s what the procedures or steps that are going to have be taken. First a PET/CT Scan, which will show if the Melanoma has moved into the body and set up shop on any other part of the body we would have to move with those procedures at that time.

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If the PET/CT Scan shows negative we will then perform surgery around the spot of the mole about 2 times 2cm all the way around. Pretty big! plus do a lymph node test to see if the Melanoma has attached to the nearest lymph node and perform that removal at the same time. I was also fortunate to meet with the Surgeon at that time to discuss the procedures as well.

After about 2 1/2 hours with the Doctors and Nurses, filling out all the paperwork and getting the instructions for all the next steps I came home, stopping for Homeslice pizza first haha, and called my sister and brother to tell them the news. Then I sat on the patio and released this:


Join me next week with Week 2. Thank you in advance for all your prayers and if you would like to leave a comment please do. Please refrain though from giving advice on nutrition and anything else. I am working very closely with all my Doctors and they all understand my knowledge of nutrition and alternative medicines. This is only the first stage and we need to be spot on with everything.

Thank you again for your prayers. HUGS!!!

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4 Responses to My battle with Melanoma-Week 1

  1. Kim says:

    You got this!!! Cancer messed with the wrong dude!!!

  2. Kristen says:

    Praying for you, Chris. There is no way to get around that this is really hard stuff. I will
    Pray for truly supernatural strength and resolve. For a peace that passes understanding. Keep us updated.

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