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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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:
Thank you again for your prayers. HUGS!!!