The Bowen’s skin patch re-presented, on my left knee.
|Aug 2017 outside my GP practice - Cumberland Surgery|
Previously, I would attend dermatology appointments at the Southport and Ormskirk hospital.
At the initial referral appointment in January, Dr Bassas, the Doctor, was most concerned to rule out a potential melanoma, advising me that this could kill me.
I refused to undergo a skin biopsy due to the time of year, as winter is my nemesis season.
The Effudix cream had caused my skin to inflame and break, bringing pain, and causing discomfort.
I was however, anxious, as I knew that I was seeing a different doctor. I was not sure if I was going to have to succumb to the surgical knife, further to his medical expert view.
Dr Anthony Downs examined the discoloured skin area on my knee and told me ‘Your skin cancer has cleared’. I was stunned and overjoyed, and what’s more – no biopsy!
I then showed Dr Downs other skin ‘spots’ for him to confirm that these were sun spots, as well as, Actinic Keratosis, on my forehead.
I hope that I provoked a similar reaction to Dr Downs, when I told him that I was now 14 years immunosuppressant free, other than bosentan for my Raynaud’s. He did look impressed / astounded!
However, I remain in a state of elation that my body is now free from the ‘additional extra’, Bowen’s disease, and that my ‘skin cancer has now cleared’.
As well as, reminding myself that ‘my job today is to simply get better’.
My personal unmet needs.
|RIP Chris Milan 10/6/59 - 4/3/17|
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