Author: Taylor Tomko

  Abbotsford, BC Depuis mon diagnostique de mélanome en 2005, j’ai subi 9 chirurgies, 3 traitements systémiques, 4 différents traitements de radiation, un nombre infini de scans et de transfusions sanguines avec infusions de fer. Ma première lésion était sur le haut de mon bras droit et...

Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-lac, QC In 2013, following the appearance of a small lump in the neck, I underwent an ultrasound that showed that it was a ganglion. After the surgery, the verdict fell: Metastatic melanoma of unknown source. Two months later, I underwent a dissection of the left...

Moncton, N.B. I have been fighting melanoma since 2009. Since then I have had 4 surgeries, a year of drug by injection, and 4 doses of immunotherapy in summer 2014. In December 2014, I started a new trial: the Braf/Mek combo in Montreal. I am being followed by...

North Vancouver, B.C. In 2003, a year after being told that a lump on my left arm was benign, I felt further discomfort and doctors decided the lump should be removed – after originally having a misdiagnosis, it turned out the lump was positive and I...

South Shore, QC In 2006, I have a mole analyzed on the thigh that has changed in appearance and itches. I undergo a complete excision and the pathologist concludes to a benign nevi. In 2009, I suddenly become very sick and during a visit to the...

Quebec City, QC My parenthesis began with a biopsy of a nevus in the left thigh in 2005, with atypical cells at this time. A biopsy resumption in early 2006 came back negative. In 2010, appearance of a ganglion in the left groin and 2 weeks...

Trois-Rivières, QC In 2007, I noticed a discolored mole on the backside of my left shoulder that has been immediately removed by a surgeon. The diagnosis was Melanoma with a depth of 1.5mm. I had surgery the following month. When I met the surgeon for a follow...

Victoria, B.C. In June of 2010 I was diagnosed with an ocular melanoma tumor at the back of my right eye. In July of that same year I had brachytherapy. In March 2012, metastases were confirmed in my abdomen and I proceeded to have four infusions...

Prince George, B.C. After a couple of misdiagnoses in 2006, it wasn’t until January 2007 that I was properly diagnosed with melanoma. My 2007 diagnoses led to 3 unsuccessful surgery attempts and I was then sent to a larger center for a sentinel node biopsy. In May...

Surrey, B.C. In late spring 2010 I went to my family doctor to have a mole looked at that had started to itch and bleed. My doctor referred me to a dermatologist but I could not get an appointment until September of that year. My family...

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