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Katie Winn

Katie Winn

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma on February 3, 2017. My plastic surgeon, oncologist, surgical oncologist and dermatologist are all with VCU Health and Massey Cancer Center. Here is a little about my story.

I had been putting off having a changing mole looked at for months. I finally went and saw the plastic surgeon that my sister works with a VCH Health and she removed the mole. 8 days later I got a call directly from the doctor that it was melanoma. I didn’t hear anything else on that phone call and won’t ever forget it. I had a follow up appt with her in a couple of days. She went over everything and referred me to a surgical oncologist. I had my first surgery March 10, 2017. I had a wide local excision and sentinel lymph node biopsy done which left me with 15 staples in my abdomen. The surgeon assured me that there was only a 10% chance it had spread to the lymph nodes. 2 weeks later I had my follow up appt to take out my staples and go over the results. Well, I was part of that 10%....It had spread. There was a lot more discussion after this surgery and several options. I chose to have all the lymph nodes removed from under my right arm to check for more cancer (Axillary Lymph Node Dissection). My second surgery was April 17, 2017 and I had 26 lymph nodes removed from under my right arm. I had a drain for 3 weeks but all of this was worth it to prolong my life. I met with my doctor at my follow up and got the results it had not spread to any other lymph nodes besides the original one. Whew….I was so relived. I had many more discussions with my oncologist to decide what was the best treatment option for me. After much thought I declined the immunotherapy treatment and decided on the “watch and wait” plan. Which is to be seen by all my doctors every 3-6 months and have CT scans every 6 months. I am now NED (no evidence of disease). A survivor of melanoma can never say they are cancer free as melanoma is sneaky and can hide in your body for years without you knowing. That’s why all the follow ups and scans. I am now healthy and have been so for almost 2 years now.

While I was going thru all of this my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (couple weeks after my diagnosis). This ended up being a terrible time for my family. We all got thru it and are both healthy now.

Everyone I have encountered in the office and hospital setting at Massey and VCU Health has been phenomenal. I am grateful to be raising money for Massey who has helped me and my family thru some tough times. I will be proudly running the 10k with my Massey shirt on.

I will be running in honor of my mom and sister who have both battled cancer and are now survivors and a co-worker who is currently battling Stage 4 cancer.

Will you make a donation towards my fundraising goal? Let's work together to put cancer on the RUN!

Thanks,
Katie

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