I had my article published at Skincancer.net here:
I”ve added a little more to it and the editors created the headings. Skincancer.net is a wonderful support network.
Living a Whac-A-Mole Life
The conversation with my dermatologist when he called me after I had sent him photos of yet more growths on my scalp went like this:
Doc: “It looks like we will have to take another biopsy.”
Me: “Well you know it’s like “Whac-A-Mole”.
Doc: (Big laugh) “I’m sorry I”ll have to carve up your scalp again.”
It’s like Whac-A-Mole
The biopsies were performed and the diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma – A-GAIN. This is the 4th and 5th diagnosis since January 2019 (It is July 2019).
Scalp like a war zone
Today I just had them removed. My scalp literally looks like a war zone. Due to the rapid appearances of SCCs and AKs I will now be undergoing a 3-week treatment of Efudex in late September. In addition to the discussion with my doctor about Efudex I have conducted a lot of research on my own and sought stories and advice from those who have gone through this treatment.
Whac-A-Mole life is draining
It is like living in the arcade game Whac-A-Mole. After each procedure I have had to get rid of skin cancer cells, more growths pop up. My scalp is one big field of SCCs and AKs. Staying on top of this Whac-A-Mole life is draining and frustrating, but vigilance is necessary to ensure that treatment is immediate when necessary.