February 28, 2012 · 14 comments

I got the dreaded phone call today. The melanoma is back – it’s in the lymph nodes they took biopsies of and in my right ovary. They’re going to do surgery to remove those nodes and the ovary (turns out that cyst from the fall might not have been just an innocent cyst after all).  I’ve been assured that it’s all still in one area, but warned that the nodes are deeper this time, so a little more extensive of a surgery may be necessary. Unfortunately, removing more lymph nodes increases the chance of the lymphedema (excessive swelling) in my leg, so that will suck, but I can live with it.

Dr. L mentioned that once the surgery is done, we’ll talk about additional treatment possibilities. Last time the risks and side effects of interferon outweighed the possible benefits, but this time we might need to do something.  Right now I don’t know if that means chemo or radiation or some other drug…I’m taking it one step at a time. Surgery first and then we’ll talk about that stuff.

Now I wait for the call from the surgeon to find out when.


In more light-hearted news, my kids are finally starting to understand the extent of my awesomeness.

The other day, Matt wanted to know how many minutes are in a year. Instead of grabbing my phone and using the calculator app, it occurred to me that I could let them know in SONG! I got into my iPod, flicked through a few menus and turned this on.


The best part is that I’ve never even seen Rent, but I love this song and was totally able to use it to impress the crap out of my kids.

To Mike’s dismay, the boys have been singing it tonight and Matt wants it on his iPod. HA!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

J.J. February 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling. I don’t have the words, so….((HUGS)). We are here for you.


PsychMamma February 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Sending you much, much love. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. You know I’m not too far away.



Jill Dettman February 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Dammit!! Well, that just completely blows. Thinking about you and sending loads of positive thoughts!!


shine February 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

If your boys ever need reminding how awesome you are, I’ll be sure to let them know because I think you’re pretty amazing myself. They’ll never get the full extent of your awesomeness until they too are parents tho.

I’m so sorry you have to go through all this bull again. I am so here for you honey. Whatever you guys need, sitters, dinner, quiet time, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, an escape, I’m more than happy to help, just let me know.


TwoBusy February 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I don’t really know what to say here, other than I’m so sorry this was the news. I wish you’d heard otherwise.

But since wishing doesn’t do squat to help, I’m gonna focus my energies on all the strong, decisive, positive steps you’ll be taking going forward.

Which you will. Step by step. One by one. Strong. Decisive. Positive.


mommabird2345 February 29, 2012 at 12:30 am

Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope the meds (or other treatments) do what they need to do.


Thea February 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

Well, crap. I am sending you all the love and prayers and anti-sucktastic vibes that I have. You are so strong and I just know you have what it takes to beat this again.

Love, love, love you! Let me know if there’s anything I can do. <3


Annettek February 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

Damn. Damn. Damn. I hope they schedule your surgery asap. Sending hugs. xoxo


Chibi Jeebs February 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hate this news. 🙁 I’ll be sending all my love, light, prayers, healing thoughts, good juju, and anything else I can think of. If there’s *ANYTHING* I can do, even if it’s just provide an ear to listen, please don’t hesitate, okay? Love you, lady.


Colleen - @amadisonmom February 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

Ugh… so sorry to hear the news. I hope the surgery and recover is as quick as can be!

Seasons of Love is an awesome song. I’ve actually been to see Rent 2 times and have the soundtrack. You absolutely have to see it if you ever have the chance!


cindy w February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Oh, Dawn, that sucks so hard. I’m sorry. Sending you all the love & good healing vibes that I have. xoxo


sarah piazza March 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m sorry. I hate cancer. I do, however, expect you to kick its ass.


alejna March 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Oh crap. Those were not the results we were looking for.

I’ll be thinking of you.


Cathy December 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm

I thgouht finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!


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