Be strong! Be brave! Fight and win! And every new day is a gift!
I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in June 2017. I had 5 brain tumors and one tumor in my lung. I underwent a pair of brain surgeries to remove 2 of the tumors, followed up by Gamma Knife and Linac radiation. I began immunotherapy in July 2017, initially with ipilimumab (Yervoy) and nivolumab (Opdivo) then nivolumab-only that September.
I am continuing to receive treatment, feel great, and completed my 25th NYC Marathon in November 2018, my first as a cancer patient. My doctors and I continue to address the tumor in my lung. PET and CT scans indicate it has remained unchanged in size for the last 15 months. I share my story via essays and cartoons on Facebook, and feel it is important to help inspire and encourage others struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
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