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Jul 12, 2017 · Living with early menopause - let's chat in Women's Health

I entered menopause at the age of 48. The hot flashes and night sweats were horrible. I almost drove my husband crazy during the winter. I’d close the window, open the window, over and over. I’d be sitting by the open window and he’d be all wrapped up in a blanket. Due to a heart condition, I was not able to have hormone therapy, but I made it through it. About the only downside I have now, is weight gain and vaginal dryness. Other than that – life is good without my period! 🙂

Jun 25, 2017 · What are your suggestions for a quiet place to relax between appts? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I like the spot on the upper floors of the Gonda Building, in front of the big windows.

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

My pcp (in Red Wing) removed the entire mole in the office. When the path report came back as melanoma, I had surgery to check for clear margins (which there were from the original biopsy). I was then referred to Rochester to see a dermatologist. Never has a chest x-ray been mentioned, or any type of blood work.

dx: Clark level 2

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

Oops – I mean stage 0 (not 9). sorry.

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

@cynaburst
How long was it between your stage 9 and stage 1 a diagnosis? Also, were they both in the same area?
My derm told me, that due to my family history, my odds of developing another melanoma are extremely high. (I am 63)

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

When were you first diagnosed?

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

The first two years, I was seen every 6 months. Then my derm (at Mayo) moved be out to once a year.

Jun 7, 2017 · Melanoma: genetics and recurrence in Cancer

I was diagnosed with stage 1a melanoma (superficial spreading) in July of 2012. Just curious as to see how many have had a recurrence after being diagnosed. Also, there is a strong family history of melanoma on my Mom’s side. I was referred to genetic counseling and genetic testing was suggested, but my insurance denied the request, so no testing has been done. I have been very vigilant about taking care of my skin, but still fear a recurrence.