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That is the 26-year-old Brit Melanie Williams (with her son). She is a single mother and has managed to master family life. But one evening her up-to-this-point perfect life hits a snag.
Just a few days ago she noticed a black spot on her thumb. She doesn’t suspect anything too serious and thinks it’s just some nail fungus or a hematoma. A friend pleads with her to visit the doctor. That is where the horror diagnosis hits her like a sledgehammer: SKIN CANCER. To her great fortune, the melanoma hadn’t spread yet. The doctors operate immediately, removing half her thumb. But the doctors have nothing but good news: the cancer is defeated! Under the circumstances: a miracle. She posts THIS picture with the following words on Facebook:
“See that on my thumb? Do you know what it is? Its skin cancer. This grew from nothing in a matter of weeks. I thought it was just a fungal infection or a wart. Sadly not. I've been lucky, the cancer hasnt spread and it's being removed next week along with half of my thumb. This may have not been the case if I'd left it and not got it checked out. I don't want your sympathy, I want more awareness. Therefore, please go and get any changes or growths on your skin checked out, please tell people around you to get checked as well … Ps. If anyone knows where I can get a mini hook attachment for my stubby thumb give me a shout!”
Nothing on this earth is so terrible and crushing as a cancer diagnosis. To have a chance to defeat the disease, one must recognize the symptoms early. Every day counts!